TSH Blood Testing Inadequate for Dosing of Thyroid Medication
“Is a Normal TSH Synonymous with “Euthyroidism” in Levothyroxine Monotherapy?“, an article published in the October 2016 Edition of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism by Antonio Bianco questions the current treatment modality of using Levothyroxine (Synthroid) to treat Hypothyroidism currently used in Western Medicine. Levothyroxine is T4 only. In Dr. Bianco’s study patients treated with Levothyroxine (T4) had higher T4 levels but lower serum T3 levels. T3 is the most active component of Thyroid and depends on the body’s ability to cover Levothyroxine (T4) to Free T3 through several chemical reactions. In addition, those patients treated with just Levothyroxine were more likely overweight and obese even though they were eating less calories, and were more likely to be on medications for Depression and high Cholesterol.
Dr. Antonio Bianco is an endocrinologist at Rush Medical School in Chicago and the Past-President of the American Thyroid Association.
The hormone specialists at Your Wellness Center have known these facts for a long time through other published research projects mostly conducted in Europe. It is refreshing to see a Western well-known expert to come to the same conclusion and publish it in a Western medical journal. This is why Your Wellness Center only prescribed combination T3/T4 medications. Free T3 is the most active form of the Thyroid so why not give the body the active component. It certainly just makes sense.