The Bottom LineChoosing to self-treat diagnosed or undiagnosed hypothyroidism with something like Alvidar is not only going to drain your pocketbook, but it may open you up to a host of new health problems.
Untreated hypothyroidism can cause a number of risks, including increasing obesity, fatigue, depression, heart problems, high cholesterol, fertility issues, miscarriage, stillbirth, and more.
- If you suspect you have a thyroid problem, your first step should always be your practitioner, to evaluate you.
- If you are receiving thyroid treatment, do not go off treatment and start taking a supplement before discussing it with your doctor. Alvidar is NOT a thyroid hormone replacement, and therefore, you can put your health at risk by making such a decision, especially if you have not discussed it with your physician first.
- And even if you are diagnosed and already being treated, and want to take Alvidar in addition to your prescribed treatment, keep in mind the iodine in Alvidar could actually aggravate or worsen your existing thyroid condition, and make your symptoms and health worse. Other ingredients also have the potential to worsen certain symptoms.
- Alvidar website: www.alvidar.com
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