3,5-diiodo-L-thyronine increases resting metabolic rate and reduces body weight without undesirable side effects

J Biol Regul Homeost Agents. 2011 Oct-Dec;25(4):655-60.


Recently, it was demonstrated that 3,5-diiodo-L-thyronine (T2) stimulates the resting metabolic rate (RMR), and reduces body-weight gain of rats receiving a high-fat diet. The aim of this study is to examine the effects of chronic T2 administration on basal metabolic rate and body weight in humans. Two euthyroid subjects volunteered to undergo T2 administration. Body weight, body mass index, blood pressure, heart rate, electrocardiogram, thyroid and liver ultrasonography, glycemia, total cholesterol, triglycerides, free T3 (FT3), free T4 (FT4), T2, thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and RMR were evaluated at baseline and at the end of treatment. RMR increased significantly in each subject. After continuing the T2 treatment for a further 3 weeks (at 300 mcg/day), body weight was reduced significantly (p<0.05) (about 4 percent), while the serum levels of FT3, FT4 and TSH, were unchanged. No side effects were observed at the cardiac level in either subject. No significant change was observed in the same subjects taking placebo.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Basal Metabolism / drug effects*
  • Body Weight / drug effects*
  • Diiodothyronines / pharmacology*
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Humans
  • Triiodothyronine / pharmacology


  • Diiodothyronines
  • Triiodothyronine
  • 3,5-diiodothyronine