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Why Levothyroxine Causes Weight Gain and How to Prevent it

The Dr. Westin Childs Podcast
The Dr. Westin Childs Podcast
Why Levothyroxine Causes Weight Gain and How to Prevent it

Does Levothyroxine cause weight gain? That is the question I am going to answer in this video today. Here is a common problem: patients with hypothyroidism present to their doctor, get put on T4 medication like Levothyroxine or Synthroid and they CONTINUE to gain weight – despite no change in their diet or exercise routine.

How can this be?

In this video I answer what I think is going on in many patients and it has to do with T4 to reverse T3 conversion when certain patients are given medications that contain T4 only.

In the setting of inflammation, trauma, infections, liver/kidney issues, low calorie diets and nutrient deficiencies the body can take T4 and convert it into the thyroid blocking metabolite reverse T3. High levels of reverse T3 then compete for binding at the T3 cellular receptor site and put the brakes on thyroid and metabolic function.

So how do you treat this condition?

Most patients will need medication containing T3 like natural desiccated thyroid or liothyronine/cytomel to “flush” the system.

I also give several tips that I use in my office to help boost thyroid function if your doctor isn’t willing to give you medication with T3 in it:

1. Optimize T4 to T3 conversion – I recommend you consider using Zinc or selenium:
As promised here is the link to the zinc and selenium that I use in my office:
Zinc: http://amzn.to/2aXp4Fg
Selenium: http://amzn.to/2aHjTc5

2. Fix your adrenals – Consider using adrenal adaptogens or adrenal glandulars
Here’s what I use:
DSF: http://amzn.to/2aC8l6d

3. Add high intensity exercise – To help lower insulin and leptin levels

4. Reduce inflammation and find hidden sources of inflammation – the easiest first place to look is at your diet

5. Lower leptin and insulin levels – It will be impossible to lose weight with leptin resistance and/or insulin resistance and both conditions reduce T4 to T3 conversion.

More information in the video and the full blog post can be found here:

You can read more on my website here:

My office is here:
Address: 3303 E Baseline Rd #204, Gilbert, AZ 85234
Phone: (480) 964-5107

Dr. Westin Childs is the Thyroid and Weight Loss Doctor

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.

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