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Thyroid Hormones Not for Weight Loss

Overweight people who want to reduce should ask their doctors to draw thyroid tests because lack of that hormone causes obesity, but they should never take thyroid pills unless they need them.

Taking thyroid pills when your thyroid gland is normal causes osteoporosis, softening your bones and make them more likely to break; makes your heart beat irregularly and rapidly, and increase your risk for forming clots and having a stroke. Doctors no longer depend on blood levels of thyroid hormones to tell them if you need thyroid pills; instead they measure TSH, the hormone that is produced by your brain to regulate your thyroid gland. If your TSH is high, you probably need thyroid pills, even if blood levels of thyroid hormones are normal. If your TSH is normal and you want to lose weight, exercise more and eat the foods that fill you up without contributing a lot of calories. See report T3 Thyroid Hormone to Treat Depression.

Checked 5/3/14

June 1st, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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