Many Could Benefit of Treatment of Low-Normal Thyroid Function

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September 10, 2000 | 45,566 views

Finally, conventional medicine is recognizing what those of us in "Natural" medicine have known all along.

A new double-blind placebo-controlled trial has demonstrated that symptoms of hypothyroidism can be improved in patients receiving the synthetic thyroid hormone, levothyroxine, despite the fact that they didn't quite meet the current guidelines to be considered hypothyroid (subclinical hypothyroidism).

This may be one of the first studies indicating that thyroid replacement therapy can benefit patients with subclinical hypothyroidism.

Although the researchers admit that additional studies are needed in patients with milder hypothyroidism, they feel that in general, there seems to be increasing evidence towards treating these patients as well because of possible beneficial effects on cardiovascular function, lipids, and symptoms.

82nd Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society Boston, Mass. August 2000.

This is one of the first studies that documents the validityof using a lower TSH value for the diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism.I have written extensivelyabout this in the past and havebeen interviewed about this by Mary Shomon at About.com. Itis encouraging to see this actually documented in the clinical literature.

This is a European study and they use a slightly differentreference range than we do in the US, as the normals here are 0.4to 5.5. However, if one were to transfer their findings over toour measurements they are calling anyone over 1.0 positive. I thinkthat this is a bit too low to treat with thyroid replacement however.

My concern is that one would likely have to commit the patientto a life long replacement of thyroid. My preference is Armourthyroid, but it is far better to identify and resolve the causeof the thyroid problem rather than treat it with a natural hormone.My experience is that thyroid impairment is frequently due to adrenaldysfunction.

So some simple lifestyle changes to address to normalize thyroidfunction before considering hormone replacement would be to:

Some supplements that might be helpful:

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