Diabetic Drug Metformin and Thyroid Disease

Diabetic Drug Metformin and Thyroid Disease

Diabetic Drug Metformin and Thyroid Disease

Diabetic Drug Metformin and Thyroid Disease

Meng et al J of Endocrinology Feb 15 2017

High insulin levels in patients is associated with larger thyroid glands,increased  prevalence of nodules and cancer. Metformin treated patients have smaller thyroid volumes,lower risk of goiters, nodules and cancer. Metformin decreases the growth of thyroid cells and cancer cells. Metformin  treatment was also associated with lowered  TSH in diabetic patients.

Comments: Metformin may have effects as a treatment for thyroid conditions.

More research is needed.

Richard Guttler MD,FACE,ECNU

thyroid.com

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