Thyroid drug linked to bone breaks
The only thing worse than a drug that doesn’t work is a drug that not only doesn’t work, but could weaken your bones to boot.
And at this very moment, ladies and gentlemen, many seniors are taking just such a drug – possibly even you or someone you love.
The drug is levothyroxine, aka Synthroid, a synthetic form of the thyroid hormone used to treat hypothyroidism. It’s just about the least effective means of battling an underactive thyroid gland – and now, researchers say in some seniors it may more than triple the odds of a bone break.
You don’t need me to tell you how that could lead to crippling disability, permanent loss of independence, and even an early death.
Researchers examined data on more than 200,000 elderly seniors – mostly women – who were given levothyroxine between April 2002 and March 2007, and found that those who were taking the drug or had recently taken it were up to 3.5 times more likely to suffer a fracture than those who had taken it long ago.
And the most common fracture site is the one seniors fear most: the hip.
The researchers say seniors on medium and high doses had the highest risks – so docs should work to get their patients on lower doses when they can.
But that’s not the only problem with this stuff – because as I mentioned earlier, levothyroxine doesn’t even work in the first place!
I speak from experience on this: Back in the 1960s, I gave levothyroxine to my own thyroid patients left and right.
What can I say? I didn’t know any better – but I did know something was wrong when most of my patients showed little to no improvement.
So I did my own research and found that synthetic thyroid contains only one form of the thyroid hormone, called T4. When you take it, your body has to convert it to the active form, T3.
But here’s the catch: Most thyroid patients CAN’T convert T4 into T3.
Natural desiccated thyroid derived from pigs, on the other hand, contains both T3 and T4 – and most of my patients noticed an immediate difference when they made the switch.
Don’t put your bones on the line for a drug that doesn’t work – find a doc who can help you make the switch to natural thyroid, and you’ll feel that difference, too.