Desiccated thyroid extract found to be just as effective as levothyroxine

Researchers at Walter Reed conducted a double-blind randomly controlled study comparing levothyroxine with dessicated thyroid extract. Their results:

There were no differences in symptoms and neurocognitive measurements between the 2 therapies. Patients lost 3 lb on DTE treatment… At the end of the study, 34 patients (48.6%) preferred DTE, 13 (18.6%) preferred L-Tâ‚„, and 23 (32.9%) had no preference. In the subgroup analyses, those patients who preferred DTE lost 4 lb during the DTE treatment, and their subjective symptoms were significantly better while taking DTE as measured by the general health questionnaire-12 and thyroid symptom questionnaire…

Desiccated thyroid extract compared with levothyroxine in the treatment of hypothyroidism: a randomized, double-blind, crossover study.

I wonder if glandular therapy might be the next “quackery” that is rediscovered by medical researchers.

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