Does Hypothyroidism Increase The Risk For Infections Such As Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The people who are at risk of getting serious illnesses from infections such as the coronavirus ( COVID-19) are elderly and people with immune deficiencies.
Hypothyroidism also called low thyroid function is a disease where the thyroid gland is underactive and thus produces too little of the thyroid hormones T4 and T3.
The thyroid hormones control metabolism and thereby the energy production in each cell of the body. A low thyroid function leads to low cellular energy, which results in the many symptoms of hypothyroidism including impaired immune function.
In order to have a strong immune system, that can fight foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses, that we are exposed to from our environment, we need good cellular energy production. Therefore if you have hypothyroidism, you could be at risk of getting sick from an infection such as the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
You can learn more about hypothyroidism and how it affects your health on my website BiochemNordic.
Is Hypothyroidism Affecting My Imune System?
According to the Mayo clinic hypothyroidism is one of the most common diseases in the western world and about 15 million people in the United States are suffering from low thyroid function, with thyroid hormone medication being the most prescribed medication in the USA.
In addition, as much as 10% of the American population is estimated to have subclinical or borderline hypothyroidism.
Thus you might be suffering from subclinical hypothyroidism without being aware of it. Using our home thyroid test, you can get a good impression of your thyroid function.
According to Dr. Ray Peat, even borderline or mild hypothyroidism may create symptoms including making you more prone to infectious disease.
What Does The Thyroid Experts Say About Coronavirus?
According to Dr. Ray Peat a leading thyroid expert, sickness and disease occur when the demands put on the body from the environment exceed the resources of the body. Thus low cellular energy production (hypothyroidism) makes you significantly more susceptible to infections.
In his book “Hypothyroidism The Unsuspected Illness” Broda O. Barnes, M.D describes how he repeatedly saw people with hypothyroidism getting chronic and recurrent infections of one kind or the other, with the infections clearing up when they were treated with the correct thyroid medication.
In BiochemNordic’s Hypothyroid Treatment Program you can learn about the correct treatment for low thyroid function with medication as well as diet and lifestyle. You can also read more about our hypothyroid treatment method on www.biochemnordic.com.
Can Diet Protects Against Coronavirus And Other Infections?
The western diet and even many health diets include substances that directly suppress thyroid and immune function.
The principle of BiochemNordic’s thyroid promoting diet is to base your diet on energy supporting foods and eliminating all foods that suppress your cellular energy production and immune function. This way your body is strengthened significantly.
Our diet recommendation are not just another quick fix instead they are built on a deep understanding of how the body works on the biochemical level.
You can read more about our thyroid supporting diet in our Hypothyroid Treatment Program.
What Nutritional Supplements Can Protect Against Coronavirus And Other Infections?
We recommend certain high-quality nutritional supplements, including vitamins minerals and herbs that support thyroid, liver, and thymus, which are organs that play an essential role in your resilience to infections. You can learn more about our Nutritional Supplement Guide. You can also visit our blog post about nutritional supplements that support thyroid function.
Does Natural Progesterone And Pregnenolone Protect Against Coronavirus And Other Infections?
If you are elderly, stressed, sick or have hypothyroidism you might not produce enough of the body’s natural protective hormones progesterone and pregnenolone.
These hormones are part of the body´s youth associating hormones and both progesterone and pregnenolone are important for good resilience and a strong immune system.
According to Dr. Ray Peat supplementation with the natural hormones, pregnenolone and progesterone can be used for improving thyroid and immune function.
In our hormonal support guide, you can get more information on how these hormones can improve your resilience.
Can Thyroid Medication Protect Against Coronavirus And Other Infections?
Hypothyroidism leads to low cellular energy production and thereby impaired immune function. According to Broda O. Barnes, M.D people with hypothyroidism are prone to chronic and recurrent infections, and treatment with the correct thyroid medication can improve immune function and resilience.
It is important that thyroid medication is a combination of therapy with both thyroid hormones (T4 and T3).
In our Hypothyroid Treatment Program Module 16, we discuss the different types of thyroid medications, and why a combination treatment with both T4 and T3 is superior to pure T4 medication, which is the standard treatment for hypothyroidism. You can also learn more in our blog post on thyroid medication.
If you do not have a prescription for thyroid medication and you are subclinical or mildly hypothyroid it can be extremely helpful to improve your thyroid function using over the counter natural desiccated thyroid product.
However, not all of the no prescription thyroid supplements on the market are reliable, and you have to be careful choosing your thyroid supplement. You can learn more in our blog post on thyroid medication.
You can get help selecting and using over the counter natural thyroid support supplements in our thyroid supplement guide.