Using Metformin for Thyroid Disease

Using Metformin for Thyroid Disease

Using metformin for treatment of thyroid disease has been proven to be beneficial according to an article published in the Journal of Endocrinology. Metformin is a drug commonly prescribed for Type II diabetes.

A recent report published in the Journal of Endocrinology reviewed the current understanding of the relationship between metformin and thyroid disease.

The authors conclude that multiple studies performed over the last decade provide evidence that suggests metformin has potential to be used in the treatment of thyroid conditions. In addition to thyroid disease, preliminary evidence suggests metformin use in obesity and metabolic syndromes should also be investigated.

You can read the full article here:

 

Potential for Metformin Use in Thyroid Disease

 

 

This article explains the risk of taking levothyroxine. It states that the risk of coronary heart disease and ischemic stroke was found to be higher in patients with thyroid cancer who received a thyroidectomy, and levothyroxine dosage appeared to play a major role in that risk.

I found this point interesting: The risk was particularly marked among those patients who received a total thyroidectomy, and for those who took a higher dosage of levothyroxine.  So would this information change the minds of doctors who will only prescribe levothyroxine, maybe making them think twice about how great this drug really is.

Here is the full story:

http://www.targetedonc.com/publications/targeted-therapy-news/2017/march-2017/levothyroxine-linked-to-heart-risks-in-patients-with-thyroid-cancer

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