Thyroid Hormones.

Many people ask about the use of the thyroid hormone, thyroxine, as a means of weight loss. Its possible effectiveness is based upon the presentation of patients with an underactive thyroid and weight gain with its subsequent resolution on thyroxine treatment.

Historically, thyroxine has been used as a weight-lowering agent but it is not now considered safe to do so. There is conclusive evidence that increasing blood thyroxine in healthy people to levels that increase metabolism enough to result in weight loss will also cause side effects such as palpitations, cardiac arrhythmias and osteoporosis.























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