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Should subclinical hypothyroidism be treated?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Sometimes

If it is truly subclinical, meaning that there are no associated symptoms or signs of too little thyroid hormone, a doctor may choose to just watch, and recheck hormone levels in a few months.
But many people with "subclinical" hypothyroidism do have symptoms and signs of low thyroid levels, if a doctors asks the right questions or looks closely, and these people would benefit from treatment.

In brief: Sometimes

If it is truly subclinical, meaning that there are no associated symptoms or signs of too little thyroid hormone, a doctor may choose to just watch, and recheck hormone levels in a few months.
But many people with "subclinical" hypothyroidism do have symptoms and signs of low thyroid levels, if a doctors asks the right questions or looks closely, and these people would benefit from treatment.
Dr. Susan Wingo
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Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine

In brief: Yes

Hypothyroidism can be primary - caused by a weak thyroid gland or secondary to other hormonal problems, like a pituitary problem. Or your thyroid can become dysfunctional secondary to high insulin, estrogen or cortisol.
If you have functional hypothyroidism, this problem can go undetected by routine screening tests. More extensive testing can often reveal abonormalities. This is very common.

In brief: Yes

Hypothyroidism can be primary - caused by a weak thyroid gland or secondary to other hormonal problems, like a pituitary problem. Or your thyroid can become dysfunctional secondary to high insulin, estrogen or cortisol.
If you have functional hypothyroidism, this problem can go undetected by routine screening tests. More extensive testing can often reveal abonormalities. This is very common.
Dr. Michael Rothman
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Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine

In brief: Yes if symptomatic

If you are symptomatic, certainly.
If not symptomatic, consider detox and thyroid supportive measures to see if your thyroid function improves.

In brief: Yes if symptomatic

If you are symptomatic, certainly.
If not symptomatic, consider detox and thyroid supportive measures to see if your thyroid function improves.
Dr. Su Fairchild
Dr. Su Fairchild
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