Natural desiccated thyroid (NDT)

[ NAT-uh-ruhl dih-SIK-ay-ted THY-roid (en dee tee) ]

Natural desiccated thyroid (NDT) is a medication derived from the thyroid glands of pigs (porcine thyroid) or other animals. It is used as a treatment for individuals with hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone.

NDT contains a combination of hormones, including thyroxine (T4), triiodothyronine (T3), and other substances naturally present in animal thyroid glands. Unlike synthetic thyroid medications that typically contain only T4, NDT provides a more comprehensive profile of thyroid hormones.

The thyroid hormones in NDT, particularly T3, are biologically active and can directly affect the body's metabolism, energy levels, and overall well-being. Some people believe that NDT provides a more natural and balanced approach to thyroid hormone replacement therapy compared to synthetic medications.

NDT is typically available in tablet form and is taken orally. The dosage is determined based on individual needs and is adjusted according to the person's thyroid hormone levels and symptoms. Regular monitoring of thyroid hormone levels is important to ensure optimal dosing and effectiveness.