New Thyroid Research Paper on the Need for More Individualised Thyroid Treatment
A new paper by Hoermann, Midgely, Larisch and Dietrich. It is entitled: "Individualised requirements for optimum treatment of hypothyroidism: complex needs, limited options".
The paper highlights that:
- The TSH measure alone is really not sensitive enough to tell a doctor when a patient is properly treated.
- Everyone has their own individual needs and set points for levels - there is no one size fits for thyroid levels and lab results for all patients.
- T4 leaves many feeling unwell.
- T3 often needs to be in the treatment, as many conditions and thyroid tissue loss leaves patients low in conversion of T4 to T3.
- Many issues get in the way of conversion including loss of thyroid tissue, deiodinase defects etc.
- Patient symptoms need to be at the forefront of treatment - not placed after lab results which only include TSH and FT4.
- There need to be other biochemical markers of being adequately treated - TSH, FT4 and FT3 are not enough.
Here is the link to the abstract and you can download the .pdf from it:
but I also enclose the .pdf as a link: