Such was the case with "Merlin" who additionally
had a very high cholesterol reading which is entirely consist-ent
with this disease. Once the diagnosis has been made this
condition is particularly straightforward and very rewarding
to treat. The thyroid deficiency is over-come with thyroid
supplementation and often the trans-formation in the patient
can be astonishing.
The main concern with long term therapy is ensuring that
the thyroid levels remain within normal ranges: too high
and the effect on the heart can lead to terminal failure,
too low and the "ageing symptoms" can reap-pear.
Regular blood tests ensure that therapeutic levels are
maintained. The "sad" appearance of an underactive
thyroid patient is quickly replaced with a bright, lively
and enthusiastic individual. Lush hair growth ensues as
"Merlin" will testify and most patients look as
if they have taken the elixir of life!
Now where did I put my thyroid tablets!
Dunne BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS
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