Children treated for hypothyroidism aren’t likely to drop pounds with treatment for the condition says a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics. The study is the first to examine the link between hypothyroidism treatment and weight loss in pediatric patients.
The study followed 68 children with acquired hypothyroidism treated in the pediatric endocrinology clinic at Kentucky Children’s Hospital from 1995 to 2006. Most of the subjects had severe cases of hypothyroidism. Researchers found treatment with levo-thyroxine, which normalized the children’s thyroid levels, did not lower weight or BMI from baseline to any time point measured, either short-term or long-term.