A little T3 can make a world of difference for some thyroid patients
Antonio Bianco, MD, PhD
is head of the division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Bianco also co-chaired an American Thyroid Association task force that updated the guidelines for treating hypothyroidism.
Dr. Bianco’s research has revealed the connection between thyroidectomy, hypothyroidism symptoms, and T4-only therapy. Although T4-only therapy works for the majority, others report serious symptoms. Listen to this segment to hear greater detail in regard to the following topics:
- Combination therapy of adding T3 to T4
- 85% of patients on Synthroid feel fine.
- Nearly 5% of the U.S. population takes T4 or Levothyroxine, as revealed by the NHANE survey. This means 10 – 15 million Americans.
- Residual symptoms of thyroidectomy include depression, difficulty losing weight, poor motivation, sluggishness, and lack of motivation. For some, there is no remedy to these symptoms. For others, adding T3 to T4 shows immediate improvement.
- The importance of physical activity and its benefit in treating depression
- If we normalize T3 does it get rid of hypothyroid symptoms?
- Overlap between menopause and hypothyroid symptoms
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The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The survey is unique in that it combines interviews and physical examinations.