In a world of fast pacing and quick fixing, wouldn’t It be nice if simply tweaking a slow functioning thyroid fixed all our fatigue and over weight? While confirming a normal functioning thyroid gland is very important, when to treat subtle abnormalities of slow functioning thyroid has become a matter of some debate. Slow thyroid, when profound, does contribute to fatigue, hair loss and water weight gain. When hypothyroidism is mild, it is essentially asymptomatic. The link to a recent NEJM article reminds us that early treatment of hypothyroidism confers no benefits. Thyroid medication is not a diet pill.
Engl J Med. 2017 Apr 3. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1603825. (Original)