Excess thyroid hormones linked to fractures in elderly

A study of Canadian subjects published earlier this year found a link between fractures in people over 70 and the use of levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone medication.

The study also found that higher doses of the drug were associated with a higher incidence of fracture. An editorial accompanying the study suggested doses in elderly should be closely monitored and that they may need lower doses.

Many if not most cases of hypothyroidism in the west are mismanaged. Ninety percent of hypothyroid cases are due to an autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s, and not simply thyroid dysfunction. Thyroid hormone medication does not address the autoimmune disease.

Inappropriate or excess use of thyroid hormones can cause thyroid hormone receptor site resistance and hence symptoms of hypothyroidism. Simply prescribing drugs without addressing underlying mechanisms also can mean more suffering for the patient as symptoms fail to resolve.

In my San Diego clinic we can help you start feeling better today while protecting your health for years to come by addressing the underlying cause of your hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s.


Dr. Joni Labbe

About Dr. Joni Labbe

Dr. Joni Labbe is a board-certified clinical nutritionist specializing in science-based nutrition with a focus on women's health issues. She has successfully helped pre-menopausal and menopausal women regain and maintain their health since 1995. Dr. Labbe is the author of the Amazon #1 Best Selling book Thyroid & Menopause Madness and It’s Not Just Menopause: It’s Your Thyroid. She is also a professional speaker, radio personality, fitness expert, and former host of “Healthier Way With Dr. Labbe.” Dr. Labbe is one of the country’s leading authorities on thyroid disorders, including Hashimoto’s disease. Dr. Labbe has also authored numerous articles and blogs on health, nutrition, and thyroid health, as seen in Naturally Savvy, Thyroid Nation, and Fox News. She is a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionalist, Doctor of Chiropractic, and has post graduate training in Functional Neurology, Functional Endocrinology, Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis, and earned a Diplomate and Fellow in Nutrition from the American Association of Integrative Medicine.

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