Hypothyroid Lifestyle – Mating in a Hypothyroid World
I was drinking my lemon water this morning, minding my own business, and my brain began a root cause analysis of why so many of us are struggling with dysfunctional thyroids.
Does your brain do this?
I was looking broadly at root causes, Is it iPhone EMFs? Avoidance of shellfish as we shrink from mercury-toxic aquatic food? Or the usual culprit – stress and how it shocks our hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal axis?
Enter Dr. Ron
Then I was floored by an idea put out by Dr. Ron Rothenberg, MD: maybe the epidemic is due to the “hypothyroid lifestyle” going viral or at least reproduced widely. Let me explain. An increasing number of us are hypothyroid. Ron says one major reason is that people with hypothyroidism tend to have a particular lifestyle, which is, well… MICRO. Slow, insular, isolated, underactive, low libido, cold, inclined toward naps. Now before you get defensive, hear me out (I know there’s exceptions).
Go on, Ron.
We tired hypothyroid people then hook up with other hypothyroid partners with a similar lifestyle that we meet, say, at Blockbuster or maybe match.com because it’s efficient when you don’t have energy. Then we mate, and birth hypothyroid babies.
Then I had a scarier thought: I’m one of those people with a “hypothyroid lifestyle,” married to a stressed hypothyroid guy and we’ve made 2 kids.
Agro vs. Micro
I did the worst next thing: compared myself to someone younger, in this case my euthyroid sister. She worked a 10-hour day yesterday, then joined friends for dinner, and hit a local neighborhood dive bar and danced until 1am. Pure joy. This morning she got up at 5, drank a sugar-free red bull and headed to the gym before work.
If I drank a red bull, I’d need CPR.
She’s probably is going out again tonight too. True, she’s in her 30s, has no kids yet and I’m squarely in my 40s.
But still. She does not have a hypothyroid lifestyle. When I was 30, I came home from work exhausted, got takeout and a video.
I’m not advocating a caffeinated agro lifestyle, but Ron’s hypothesis has me brewing fresh thoughts.
My hypothyroidism? Diagnosed 5 years ago when I stepped away from conventional endocrinology I learned at Harvard and ordered my T3. Big surprise: crazy low. My parents too. Hmmm. My husband’s mom? Hypothyroid. As I said, scary.
But how long did I have hypothyroidism before 2005? Signs of hypothyroidism in children: short (check), thick trunk (check), small hands (checkety check), chunky (check), thick skin (check). Learning disabilities? Um, still investigating that one.
Excuse me while I go check my childrens’ T3s.
PS: I’m not sure my sister went out last night (she hasn’t texted me back yet!) but chances are, she did something euthyroid with her free time. I’ve memoired her typical weeknight, but you get the point.
-Dr. Sara Gottfried
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