Hypothyroid medical treatment is not linked to weight loss

thyroid medication not linked to weight lossHypothyroidism — decreased thyroid function — is one of the many reasons (excuses) people offer up as to why they can’t lose weight.

“It’s glandular, it’s my genetics.” Have you ever heard that? Or said it?

A new study presented by researchers from the Boston University Medical Center at the annual American Thyroid Association meeting found that, contrary to popular belief, effective treatment with levothyroxine (LT4) to restore normal thyroid hormone levels is not associated with clinically significant weight loss in most people. 1

That was a surprising finding to everyone because it has long been thought that decreased thyroid function leads to weight gain. Therefore, it would seem that restoring thyroid function through medication would lead to weight loss. Apparently this is not so. In fact, only about half of the hypothyroid patients successfully treated for their hypothyroidism lost weight.

This leaves the door open to the possibility that hypothyroidism is not necessarily the cause of obesity.

As Ronald J. Koenig (M.D., Ph.D, Program Committee Co-Chair, and Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor) explains, “Because obesity and hypothyroidism are very common, there are many patients who have both conditions. These patients (and sometimes their physicians) often assume the hypothyroidism is causing the obesity even though this may not be the case.”

Hmmmm … I guess some of us might have to come up with a different excuse.

Or, better yet! We can leave the excuses behind and take positive steps towards losing weight with the support of the Genetix Program’s dedicated team of doctors, certified counselors/trainers and nutritionists. You can do it and we can help!

1.  http://www.news-medical.net/news/20131017/Study-shows-treatment-for-hypothyroidism-is-not-associated-with-weight-loss-in-most-people.aspx

Author: Stephanie West

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