There are several potential benefits of taking DTE.
Many patients prefer this
A 2018 online survey of 12,146 patients treated for hypothyroidism with levothyroxine, levothyroxine with liothyronine (T3), or DTE found that people taking DTE were more satisfied with their treatment and their healthcare providers than people receiving the other two types of therapy. … The DTE group also reported fewer memory, weight, fatigue, and energy problems than the other two groups.
You are more likely to lose weight
A 2013 study compared DTE with levothyroxine and evaluated 70 patients between the ages of 18 and 65 with primary hypothyroidism . The patients were randomized to natural dry thyroid or levothyroxine for 16 weeks and then switched to the opposite therapy for 16 weeks. Neither the researchers nor the patients knew who was taking what.
At the end of the study, there were no discernible differences between DTE and levothyroxine in terms of heart rate, blood pressure, or thyroid hormone levels, but HDL ("good") cholesterol was lowered.
In this study, DTE patients lost an average of 3 pounds during DTE treatment.
When asked whether they preferred the first or second regimen, nearly 49 percent of the participants preferred DTE, nearly 19 percent preferred levothyroxine, and about 33 percent did not.
Some report improvement in symptoms
In a 2013 study, some patients who preferred DTE reported that their mood and mental symptoms such as happiness, memory, concentration, sleep, and energy levels were significantly improved when taking DTE. However, overall, the study found no significant difference in general health status or neuropsychological tests during DTE versus T4 treatment.
Furthermore, a 2006 meta-analysis of 11 randomized trials with 1216 patients, comparing T4 treatment with combined T4 and T3 treatments, showed no improvement in body pain, depression, anxiety, quality of life, or weight. bodily. with combined treatment.
While some people may feel better with combination therapy, treatment with T4 alone appears to be sufficient for the vast majority of people with hypothyroidism.
The cost is the same
Armor Thyroid is the most expensive brand of thyroid dry extract, but other DTE brands such as Nature-Throid, NP Thyroid, and WP Thyroid are comparable to or cost less than levothyroxine brands.