What are your thoughts? Is this enough to say she is not fit to be president? (Strictly on a health base, there are plenty of other reasons why she shouldn’t be president).
The Internet is awash with rumors about Hillary Clinton’s health, but there is one medical condition she is actually known to have.
That is hypothyroidism, a condition affecting about 10 million Americans in which the thyroid is underactive, resulting in a variety of symptoms including fatigue, weakness and weight gain.
For most patients, the symptoms can be significantly reduced or eliminated with the use of hormone therapy. Clinton is being treated with a medication called Armour Thyroid, according to her doctor, who has issued a letter saying she’s in “excellent” physical condition and is fit to serve as president.
Yet Armour Thyroid is a less common medication used in patients with hypothyroidism, possibly indicating Clinton wasn’t responding well to the conventional treatment.
When patients are diagnosed, they typically are given a single hormone replacement called levothyroxine. It is effective with about 90 percent of patients, according to Hossein Gharib, a doctor at the Mayo Clinic and former president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
But for the 10 percent of patients who don’t find relief from their symptoms, doctors often prescribe a combination hormone therapy such as Armour Thyroid, which uses the T3 and T4 hormones for a more effective medication.
“Armour Thyroid … is a good preparation, but we don’t use it that much because most patients are happy with levothyroxine,” Gharib said. “The theory is that one hormone may not be enough; two is better.”
That idea is supported by research. A 1999 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that treating patients with both hormones instead of just one may improve their mood and neuropsychological function.
Despite the evidence, Clinton’s use of Armour Thyroid has earned her criticism, most recently from celebrity doctor Drew Pinsky. Pinsky, who is an internist as well as an addiction medicine specialist, said last week it’s “weird” Clinton is being treated with what he views as an “unconventional” and “outdated” medication.
“It’s something we used to use back in the ’60s,” Pinsky said in KABC-AM’s “McIntyre in the Morning.” “What is going on with her healthcare? It’s bizarre.”