How Physicians Define 'Normal' For the Thyroid Gland
hypothyroidism. In her editorial in JAMA, Dr. Ann Cappola, one of the associate editors, points out that too many patients are being prescribed thyroid when their numbers are only slightly off, and that there is no clear benefit for this type of treatment. Over treatment with too much thyroid medication, however, is not safe. Women have special considerations with thyroid management, especially if they are pregnant. And women who have been treated with too much thyroid replacement have been reported to have abnormal heart rhythms and bone fractures. The point is ultimately to work with your physician to achieve levels that correlate with optimal health. You want medicine, not math, to determine your personal thyroid management.