We all know of someone who suffers from hypothyroidism. Weight gain, lack of energy, hair loss, dry skin…we know how they first suspected something was wrong (Actually, there are nearly 300 symptoms of poor thyroid function!) . Then the labs confirmed it and finally, they’re on medication – for life. Most patients get started on Levothyroxine, the synthetic form of T4 that is supposed to be made in the thyroid gland.
If you have a friend or a family member who suffers from the problem, you know that they have to take the medicine first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, for life. The doctor may vary the dose a little here and there (usually upwards) as you age, but that its for life – is pretty much taken for granted. Or is it?
Doctors, including regular M.D.s, no longer see this as being the absolute norm.
As more and more research reveals the underlying causes that lead to a person being hypothyroid, medical professionals are starting to add vitamins, minerals and herbals as an adjunct to the levothyroxine treatment. Many a time, this results in the patient being able to lower their dose of the synthetic T4, since the supporting dietary supplements help the medicine work more efficiently.
There are also cases where the patients are young and extremely diligent with dietary supplements and lifestyle changes and their doctors are able to take them off the prescription medications altogether!
No matter what your goal, dietary supplements can help support your efforts to deal with hypothyroidism . Ask your medical practitioner to look at the research today!
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