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what is the newest recommended TSH range?

Someone recently posted the new TSH normal range as recommended by the American Academy of something-or-other and I can't find it. Does anyone know what that range is (seems like it was low, like maybe 2.0 vs. 5.5) and who is recommending it?

Perhaps more importantly, I'd love to know why don't doctors jump on board with those recommendations? Who created the 5.5 upper "normal" and why don't they change it now that research points to a different range? I suffered like crazy while I waited for my TSH to creep out of the older "normal" range.
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458072 tn?1291415186
According to Mary Shoman the new range is 0.3-3.0. She says that people that have been diagnosed with HypoT should keep their range in 1.0

Have you checked out her website.
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The new standards are .3 - 3.0 and were changed in 2002 by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Optimal is generally considered to be between 1.3 -1.8 TSH.

Why don't physicans get on board this train? Cuz in general they are too busy seeing patients all day in order to make their quota to keep the insurance providers happy. And because after listening all day to a litany of complaints, some of them imaginary, they dont' really have a lot of respect for patients advice or suggestions.

Thankfully not all docs are like this.
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So, how do we present our doctor's with this new info so we don't turn them off? The doctor's I have seen don't want to be told anything. Is there official literature from the A.A.C.E. that I can have sent to my doctor so it doesn't look like I am trying to tell her how to run her practice?

...and another thing - my 11-year-old daughter's tsh was 3.46 so we saw an endocrinologist at children's hospital in Cincinnati who patted us on the head and said her weight gain and other symptoms are not related to her thyroid. He is going by the old range and said she just has to "eat less and excercise more". Where do we go from there? any ideas? I'd hate like heck for her to go through what I did.

Could you tell me who Mary Shoman is, and what her website is too?

And Mzzchief, who is Marquis deSade?

458072 tn?1291415186
just yahoo or google mary shamon and it will take you to her site.
523918 tn?1244549831
Children have higher TSH, there are normal range for the different ages, the new range I think is for adults.
517152 tn?1212368531
Marquis de Sade was a French revolutionary and aristrocrat from the 1700-1800's.  Not a nice guy.  The word "sadism" comes from his name.  Enough said.
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thank you for the info everyone. I am going to leave here and start googling children's tsh ranges, Mary Shamon, and (eewww) maybe Mr. sadistic himself. Might have to peek out through my hand-covered eyes to read about him. Scarey...
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