November 3, 2011

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1 OTC Thyroid Support Supplements Risky

Doctors are seeing more abnormal thyroid tests from patients and some blame OTC thyroid support supplements, says a study from Walter Reed Nat’l. Military Med. Ctr. Supplements derive their hormones from animal thyroid glands. A study of 10 brands indicated that 9 of them contained an animal hormone but the amounts varied widely and often exceeded usually prescribed doses. The pills are marketed as weight control supplements and to ease fatigue but most likely won’t help with those issues. "The amount of thyroid hormone a normal person would have to take to lose weight would be dangerously high and there is no evidence that use of thyroid hormone effectively treats fatigue when used in people without actual hypothyroidism," says endocrinologist Dr. Victor Bernet, Mayo Clinic.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic, Thyroid, Thyroid Support Supplements, Thyroid Hormone, Dr. Victor Bernet, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

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