Free triiodothyronine (T3) blood test in Belfast

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What is free triiodothyronine?

Triiodothyronine (T3) is one of the main hormones produced by your thyroid gland.

Most of the T3 in your blood is bound to protein — meaning it's inactive and your body can't use it. A small amount is unbound (free). So by measuring your free T3 levels, it gives you a more accurate picture of your thyroid function.


What is its function?

T3 helps control your body’s metabolism — the chemical processes that occur in your body that keep you alive, like breathing and breaking down food into energy.

T3 is also linked to your mental health — abnormal levels have been linked to mental health disorders like depression.


What can cause it to change?

If you produce too much or too little T4, it can lead to hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid) or hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid).

Low T3 Low T3 levels might be caused by:

  • autoimmune thyroiditis — your body produces antibodies that attack your thyroid gland, like Hashimoto’s disease
  • treatment for an overactive thyroid
  • treatment for thyroid cancer
  • postpartum thyroiditis — your thyroid becomes inflamed within the first year after pregnancy
  • iodine deficiency
  • medications containing iodine e.g. amiodarone

High T3 High T3 levels might be caused by:

  • Graves’ disease — an autoimmune disorder
  • lumps (nodules) on your thyroid
  • goitre — swelling of your thyroid gland
  • postpartum thyroiditis
  • medications containing iodine

If you're over or under-treating an existing thyroid condition with medication, your levels could be out of range. Your levels can also increase if you take medication containing T3 close to when you take your sample. Biotin (vitamin B7) might also affect your levels. It's best to take your blood sample first thing in the morning in a fasting state.


What are the most common symptoms?

Low T3 If your thyroid is underactive, common symptoms include:

  • tiredness
  • weight gain
  • depression
  • constipation
  • dry skin
  • brittle hair
  • sensitivity to cold
  • memory problems
  • muscle aches
  • hoarse voice

High T3 If your thyroid is overactive, common symptoms include:

  • weight loss
  • increased appetite
  • excessive sweating
  • sensitivity to heat
  • twitching
  • fatigue
  • irritability and anxiety
  • heart palpitations
  • difficulty sleeping

In women, high or low thyroid hormones might affect your period — for example, it might cause heavy or irregular periods.


What can I do to change my levels?

There are a number of nutrients that are important for your thyroid function:

  • Iodine — needed to make thyroid hormones
  • Zinc — needed to make thyroid hormones
  • Selenium — needed to thyroid hormones
  • Iron — plays an important role in thyroid hormone metabolism
  • Vitamin D — plays an important role in your immune function and low levels are linked to autoimmune thyroid disorders

If your levels indicate you have a thyroid disorder, it’s important to work with your doctor to come up with a treatment plan.

What is Thriva?

We’re a subscription-based health tracking company. With our blood testing kits you can take control of your health and see exactly what’s happening inside your body. Learn what lifestyle really works for you and improve everything from your sleep and energy levels to your heart health.

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Order online and choose how often you’d like a test. We’ll post your kit and it’ll be in your hands the very next day.

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Your kit contains everything you need for your simple finger-prick blood test. When you’re done, use the freepost envelope to send it back.

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Your full results, along with a personalised report from a qualified GP, will be available to access online.

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