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Subclinical hypothyroidism: doctors shouldn’t routinely prescribe hormones

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 17 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2262

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Thyroid hormones treatment for subclinical hypothyroidism: a clinical practice guideline

  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Thyroid hormones should not be routinely offered to adults with a mildly underactive thyroid gland, known as subclinical hypothyroidism, concludes a panel of international experts writing this week in The BMJ.1

Their advice is based on new evidence that found that treatment didn’t improve patients’ quality of life or symptoms, including low mood and fatigue.

Subclinical hypothyroidism affects up …

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