ADRENAL – THYROID CONNECTION: (Gail’s Thyroid Tips)
This is vitally important to thyroid patients for 2 big reasons.
First of all, the job of the adrenal gland is to produce adrenal hormones. One of these hormones is cortisol. This is the hormone your body demands when it is faced with any kind of stress. Stress does not just mean having your dog die or flunking a test. Stress is as simple as going outside on a hot (or cold) day, or eating lunch. Menstruation is a stress to the body. The adrenal gland reacts the same way when you eat lunch as when your dog dies. Its all the same to your adrenals.
Another thing produced by the adrenals is DHEA. DHEA is a hormone precursor; in a healthy body it is converted into the sex hormones (testosterone, progesterone, estrogen, etc). DHEA is absolutely vital to our health. Here is a very brief link about DHEA (this isnt my best one since it talks only about sexual and mental health, but its something! Ill get the others set up later). DHEA is important to prevent Alzheimers, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, skin problems, and about a million other things. Testosterone, as you may know, is what gives us our sex drive. Men have tons more testosterone than women (which is the main reason why their minds always seem to be in the gutter!). Where does testosterone come from? It is made by the body from DHEA. DHEA is made by the adrenals and is turned into all the sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, etc). So, are you suffering from no sex drive? You probably have low testosterone which means you probably have low DHEA and why would you have low DHEA?
If your adrenals aren’t working well. If you are a lactating hypothyroid woman (but aren’t pregnant or nursing a baby), you probably need DHEA because DHEA turns into testosterone. If you have had your prolactin measured and the test came back normal but you lactate anyway, you may very well be deficient in testosterone. In order to not lactate, the ratio between testosterone and prolactin must be correct. If you have "normal; prolactin but very low testosterone, it is just like having high prolactin. Decreased libido, galactorrhea, obesity, increase in abdominal fat, pubic hair loss, decreased muscle mass and strength, clitoral atrophy, increased risk of breast cancer, lack of motivation, premature ovarian failure, osteoporosis, decreased memory, increased risk of Alzheimers, increased risk of diabetes, decreased feeling of well-being, depression, and fatigue are more symptoms of low testosterone. Read through these links and see if you recognize yourself there.
In this article, a chemist has found that testosterone can protect against Lupus
Here is another article with some really great information about testosterone. Take note of where the author says that both free and bound testosterone are the components of total serum testosterone (TST). Free testosterone is what your body can use. Bound testosterone cannot be used until it is unbound.; So you see, your TST might be a nice healthy number, and yet you may have all the signs of low testosterone because all of your testosterone is bound. What binds it?; Sex Hormone Binding Globulin. If you have too much SHBG, it can bind up all your sex hormones so you cannot use them.
Another possibility is that you are making DHEA but that your body simply converting it into the various sex hormones
Here is an article on galactorrhea (chronic lactation):
to you unless you are lactating for no reason (or if you are a dairy farmer!). This is a study done on cows showing that changes in their deiodinase activity plays a role in their lactation. My husband found this study as he researched lactation because the one thyroid problem I have that has not gone away is lactation. I weaned my last baby in Nov 98 and STILL lactate! Hasnt ever stopped in all that time (but I least I feel great!). So were still researching this one. If it turns out that changes in your deiodinase activity affects lactation that sure would explain whats going on in a lot of us hypo women!
And here is a natural remedy to stop lactation.