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Cytomel and Weight: What You Need to Know

Cytomel and Weight_ What You Need to Know

If you have been prescribed with artificial T3 hormone, you already know that you have a problem with your thyroid. Thyroid issues tend to be one of two issues: an underactive thyroid, for which artificial thyroid hormone is the treatment, and an overactive thyroid, the treatment for which is causing underactivity and then treating that. But, aside from levelling out thyroid hormone balances, what will Cytomel do to your body, specifically, to your weight? Let’s take a look.

Thyroid Illness Weight Gain

Sometimes the underactive thyroid can cause weight gain. This is because the thyroid controls the functioning and efficacy of the metabolism, and if this is slowed down, the result can be tiredness, loss of appetite and – quite unfairly, given the latter – unexpected weight gain. When you start taking Cytomel for your thyroid issues, you will almost automatically lose much of this excess weight, as the balance of thyroid hormone in your body is restored and your metabolism begins to properly use nutrients to feed and heal the body.

Other Weight Gain

Most people tend to put on a few pounds over the years as they get older or less active. Others become overweight through eating too much, or through eating the wrong things, and they can struggle to lose this weight again, especially if there is no real understanding of why the weight gain was caused in the first place.

Cytomel as Weight Medication

Could Cytomel (artificial T3) be used on people with healthy thyroids to encourage weight loss? Yes, is the short answer. But the next question then becomes should Cytomel be used on people with healthy thyroids to encourage weight loss, and there the answer is a loud and resounding ‘NO!’ Let’s take a look at why.

Cytomel – the Details

As an artificial thyroid hormone therapy, Cytomel works very well, once the appropriate dose has been arrived at – but this process is a difficult and time-consuming, taking a great deal of minuscule adjustments to account for the patient’s weight, body type and a host of other considerations. The doctor and the patient must work together to find that narrow sweet spot – the Goldilocks zone – where all bodily functions are approximately normal without any of the side effects of too much or too little thyroid hormone.

Giving this potent medication to someone whose own thyroid is pumping out appropriate quantities of both T3 and T4 – a guide to Cytomel T3 can be found here – is doubly foolhardy. The thyroid is continually making adjustments to the levels of thyroid hormone being produced and used within the body, and it can begin to get ‘confused’ by the high levels of Cytomel in the bloodstream. Aside from this, the risk is not worth taking: most of the weight lost through taking Cytomel is because of the unwanted weight gain caused by thyroid disease. And for the rest, as an anti-obesity treatment, if you like, Cytomel is simply too tightly graduated, with an efficacious dose almost the same as a poisonous dose, for it to ever be considered as a suitable weight loss medication.

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