So, as you start your journey into thyroid disease, and learn about more than just the THS test, you may start to better understand your thyroid disease. Like me, I have no records of anyone (at least lately) testing my TPO levels. SO I went ahead and demanded it, (because I feel yucky) and guess what? Normal range is 0-34, and I am at 75! So, what is TPO anyway you ask? Well, let’s do a little research and find out!
TPO stands for Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies or Antithyroid Peroxidase Antibodies. That alone should tell me something, anything with the word "antibodies" or Antithyroid doesn't sound friendly :) So what are they?
According to medicinenet.com, TPO or thyroid peroxidase is "an enzyme made in the thyroid gland that is important in the production of thyroid hormone. TPO is found in thyroid follicle cells where it converts the thyroid hormone T4 to T3." So, the test reflects the level of an antibody that is directed against thyroid peroxidase (TPO). What does this mean for your health?
Quite frankly, I don't know yet! From what I have read, there are many people out there that have TPO numbers in the hundreds! Yet, there is not much research out there that explains exactly what happens (ie, how you feel) when they are elevated, if they will always stay elevated, and if anything can be done to bring them down. So far I have seen mention of Selenium helping with elevated TPO antibodies, but how and why is still out. So, do you know if you have elevated TPO antibodies? Many doctors will not test for it more than once, but I want to know why not, and what it all means. Let's find this out together! If you have any suggestions, articles to suggest, or just plain opinions on it, let us know!
We are here to learn from each other, so let's do it :)
To Total Health!