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Hypothyroidism and Bones

“Sluggish thyroid, sluggish anything; maybe sluggish everything”. Even sluggish bones!

Practitioners know that hyperthyroidism can negatively affect bone density – increasing the risk for both osteopenia and osteoporosis. But few understand that hypothyroidism can also play a powerful role in these dysfunctions.

Think about it. Hypothyroidism is rampant. Especially when subclinical. With the inadequate ways mainstream medicine tests thyroid function (TSH only, sometimes accompanied by T4), most hypothyroid clients end up unacknowledged, untreated, and miserable.  

And while we all know the hypothyroid hallmarks of cold extremities, weight gain, hair loss, and sluggish digestion, few practitioners think of hypothyroidism when faced with a client’s worsening bone health.

The short video above explains how the two are related. To learn more, peruse this literature review for studies exploring how hyper-and hypothyroidism can be deleterious to bone tissue. Both dynamics disturb the balance between osteoclasts and osteoblasts, directly influencing bone resorption and formation.

Thyroid Strikes Again!

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Bone health does not have to be a victim of suboptimal thyroid function.

Here’s to strong bones!

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