1 out of every 10 people is suffering from thyroid. Although thyroid affects women more, it can also affect men and children. This thing often troubles people as to what should be the level of thyroid in a common person. There is no fixed scale for this. The truth is that Thyroid Stimulating Hormone i.s. TSH depends on the age, sex and stage of life of the person.In this article we will know what should be the thyroid level -

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  1. What is Thyroid Stimulating Hormone?
  2. What Should Be The TSH Level?
  3. What Is Hypothyroidism?
  4. What Is Hyperthyroidism?
  5. Summary
Doctors for What is a Normal Thyroid Level For Better Health Management

Thyroid stimulating hormone is made by your pituitary gland, which helps balance hormone production and metabolism throughout your body. TSH helps your thyroid gland in producing hormones like thyroxine which are essential for your metabolism. It contributes to maintaining your overall energy level and nerve function etc.

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Normal TSH level lies between 0.45 and 4.5 mU/L. Recent research says that the normal range should be between 0.45 to 4.12. As we learned above, TSH depends on your age, sex and stage of life.

For example, the normal TSH of a 28 year old woman may be 4.2 mU/L, while that of an 88 year old woman may be 8.9 mU/L. TSH levels can fluctuate due to stress, diet, medicines and menstruation. Let us know in detail how much thyroid should be -

Normal TSH Level In Women

There is a higher risk of abnormal TSH level in women during periods, giving birth to a child and after menopause. One study even says that if TSH level increases along with thyroid nodules in elderly women, then there is a risk of thyroid cancer.

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Normal TSH Level In Men

Whether the TSH level in men is high or low, it affects their fertility. Men with hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism have few normally shaped sperm. If the TSH level of men is higher than that of women, then there is a possibility of abnormal development of their genitals.

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TSH Level In Children

One study measured TSH levels closely in children from birth until they were 18 years old. The special thing is that this study revealed that TSH level always remained different in his life. His TSH level was very high in the first month of his birth and gradually his TSH level decreased, but as he grew older, his TSH level increased again.

A child's TSH level between 0 to 4 days is 1.6–24.3 mU/L, between 2 to 20 weeks 0.58–5.57 mU/L and between 20 weeks to 18 years, 0.55–5.31 mU/L is considered normal.

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TSH Level During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, every woman's TSH level is regularly monitored by the doctor. This is because high TSH levels and hypothyroidism can cause miscarriage. If someone's TSH level is high or very low, then thyroid medicine is given to control it.

Successful treatment of high TSH and hypothyroidism reduces the risk of miscarriage. A TSH level of 0.6–3.4 mU/L in the first trimester, 0.37–3.6 mU/L in the second trimester, and 0.38–4.0 mU/L in the third trimester are considered normal. It is not right to have more or less than this.

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If your TSH level is high, it means that your thyroid is not performing well. People get hypothyroidism when their thyroid produces low levels of hormones. In such a situation, when the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones, the pituitary gland produces more TSH to compensate.

In this, the person's weight starts increasing, there is swelling on the face and neck, skin starts becoming dry, hair starts thinning, problems like slow heart rate, irregular or heavy periods, fertility problems, depression, constipation etc start occurring.

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If your TSH level is low, it means that you are producing more thyroid. It is also called overactive thyroid. If the thyroid gland is secreting too high levels of hormones, the pituitary gland produces less TSS. Irregular heart beat, muscle weakness, nervousness, difficulty in sleeping, diarrhea, weight loss and frequent changes in mood are symptoms of hyperthyroidism.

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Thyroid has become a common disease today, but it can be managed properly. Neither high nor low TSH levels are good for our health. Due to this there is a risk of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. The level of TSH varies according to the age, sex and different stages of life of every person. Therefore, it is right to get the TSH level checked from time to time.

Dr. Narayanan N K

Dr. Narayanan N K

Endocrinology
16 Years of Experience

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Dr. Tanmay Bharani

Endocrinology
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Dr. Sunil Kumar Mishra

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