In this video I go over the 5 main reasons that patients who switch from Levothyroxine to Armour thyroid DON’T lose weight.
Many patients believe that switching from T4 to NDT will cause immediate weight loss and are disappointed when it doesn’t happen.
The truth is that Armour thyroid CAN help with weight loss but you need to make sure that these 5 barriers aren’t standing in your way:
1. Your dose isn’t high enough
– Many Doctors under dose patients when converting from T4 medication to NDT by about 50%. Use the chart in this video to make sure your dose is high enough.
2. You need more T3 added to your regimen
– Several conditions like euthyroid sick syndrome or tissue level hypothyroidism make it so patients need more T3 than what Armour thyroid provides. So while armour may be a step in the right direction you may need more T3 added to your NDT.
3. You are suffering from Leptin resistance
– High leptin levels decrease T4 to T3 conversion and can make weight loss impossible unless it is addressed. Use this video to help you find out if you have leptin resistance and if you need to treat it.
4. You are reacting to fillers in Armour thyroid
– Many patients react poorly to the methylcellulose that is used in Armour thyroid. It can reduce the amount of free thyroid hormone that is absorbed when you take this medication. Make sure this isn’t limiting the amount of thyroid hormone your body can absorb!
5. Your Reverse T3 is TOO high
– High levels of reverse T3 effectively put the brake on your thyroid system and can result in a slow metabolism and symptoms of hypothyroidism. Taking T4 only medications and even sometimes NDT like armour thyroid can cause high levels of reverse T3. Find out how to treat and check for this condition.
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This video is not intended to be used as medical advice. If you have questions about your health please consult your physician or primary care provider. Dr. Westin Childs goes to great lengths to produce high quality content but this is NOT a substitute for medical care.