Hypothyroidism News and Research

Hypothyroid and Cholesterol: Too Little Thyroid Hormone, Too Much Cholesterol
06/21/2018 - Hypothyroidism, including Hashimoto's thyroiditis, may increase patients' risk for heart disease. Patients with a high TSH should have their blood cholesterol checked as they are at twice the risk for cardiovascular disease if both go untreated.
Hypothyroid and Older? You May Not Need Treatment
05/08/2017 - If you've been diagnosed with mildly low thyroid function and you're an older adult, you may not get symptom relief from the commonly prescribed medication, according to new study published in New England Journal of Medicine.  
Some Pregnant Women Should Be Treated for Subclinical Hypothyroidism
02/03/2017 - Women treated for subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) during pregnancy are less likely to experience pregnancy loss, a new study shows, but they face a greater risk of complications such as preterm delivery, gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.
Low Iron and Low Thyroid: A Link in Pregnant Women?
12/14/2016 - Iron deficiency and hypothyroidism may share a connection, a recent study from Belgium suggests.
Low Thyroid Hormone Raises Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
10/10/2016 - People with prediabetes and low thyroid function were more than twice as likely to progress to full-blown type 2 diabetes compared to those with normal thyroid-hormone levels in a new study published September 30 in the journal BMC Medicine.
Does Underactive Thyroid Lead To Weight Gain—Or Vice-Versa?
10/03/2016 - New research shows that excess weight may be slowing down the thyroid, instead of a slow thyroid making it easy to pack on the pounds, says Cari Kitahara, PhD, MHS, an epidemiologist at the National Cancer Institute who presented her findings on obesity, thyroid function and weight at the 86th annual meeting of the American Thyroid Association in Denver Sept. 24.
Soy & Your Thyroid: How Much Is Too Much?
07/28/2016 - Eating large amounts of soy foods may not be good for some women's thyroid functioning, according to new research from Loma Linda University in California.
Levothyroxine for Sluggish Thyroids: Weekly or Daily?
07/05/2016 - Weekly doses of levothyroxine may improve compliance and work as well as daily, study finds. Not everyone thinks it's a good idea.
For Best Thyroid Surgery Results, Pick Doctor With 25-Plus Cases a Year
03/21/2016 - Patients who need to have their thyroid gland removed, due to cancer or other conditions, should seek out a surgeon who performs more than 25 such operations each year, according to new research.  
Hypothyroidism Linked to Flame Retardants
12/23/2015 - Younger women exposed to chemicals called PDBEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) may be at higher risk of having a sluggish thyroid, according to a new study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Mild Thyroid Disorder Could Hurt Brainpower
11/11/2015 - People younger than 75 with subclinical hypothyroidism are at “significant risk” of cognitive impairment and even dementia, according to a new review of studies published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Study Links Low Selenium Diet with Thyroid Disease
09/13/2015 - A new study from China supports previous research showing an association between adequate dietary selenium and heathy thyroid function. The study also found that low intake of the mineral, reflected by serum levels, correlates with increased risk of a variety of types of thyroid disease.
Time to Rethink Thyroid Nodule Biopsies?
07/27/2015 - A new study makes a case for reducing the fairly aggressive surveillance that’s recommended for thyroid nodules. The results of the study, published in the journal JAMA, found that most thyroid nodules are very slow growing if they grow at all. Yet guidelines recommend frequent follow-up and testing to monitor the nodules for cancer.
Untreated Low Thyroid Function During Pregnancy Can Cause Trouble
07/22/2015 - Untreated hypothyroidism in pregnancy is linked to high blood pressure, preterm birth, miscarriage and even fetal death. Now new research from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center says more follow-up screening and treatment may help head off serious outcomes for mom and baby.
How is pregnancy-related hypothyroidism treated in China?
10/11/2011 - While prenatal hypothyroidism is about as common in China as it is in the U.S., cultural and demographic differences mean that the two nations deal with the condition in divergent ways, although that is beginning to change.
Gestational hypothyroidism carries risk of neonatal cognitive delays
08/04/2011 - A hypothyroidism diagnosis is problematic no matter what stage of life a person is in, but for pregnant women the risks can be especially great, since research indicates that children born to mothers with the thyroid disease can have intellectual delays.
Hypothyroidism is linked to increased risk of coronary heart disease, death
08/02/2011 - Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and researchers from Ohio's Cleveland Clinic have announced that people with hypothyroidism - even the moderate subclinical variety - may have a higher risk of CHD and of death in general.
Doctors update guidelines for detecting, treating hypothyroidism during pregnancy
07/31/2011 - A team of researchers associated with the American Thyroid Association (ATA) recently released a list of updated guidelines for the detection and treatment of the thyroid disease in expectant mothers.
Phthalates, BPA may alter the body's thyroid hormone levels
07/11/2011 - Researchers have announced that exposure to phthalates or bisphenol A (BPA), which are common industrial chemicals, may alter thyroid hormone levels and potentially aggravate or even lead to thyroid disease.
Morbid obesity reduces the effectiveness of levothyroxine for patients with hypothyroidism
05/18/2011 - Due to the dampening effect that a higher body mass index (BMI) can have on the body's absorption of a thyroid hormone replacement called levothyroxine (LT4), a group of Greek researchers recently investigated how morbid obesity might change the uptake of this drug in patients with hypothyroidism.
Antibody test predicts risk of thyroid disease after pregnancy
05/04/2011 - Women who are pregnant have a moderate risk of suffering from postpartum thyroid disease, which is why a Czech group of clinicians and biotechnicians recently tested the rate at which patients with a particular antibody develop thyroid problems after giving birth.
Medication for hypothyroidism may boost fracture risk
05/02/2011 - Elderly patients taking levothyroxine for hypothyroidism may be at an increased risk for bone fractures, according to a new report released by the University of Toronto.
Exposure to flame retardant material may increase risk of thyroid disease
04/14/2011 - Research conducted at the University of South Carolina's School of Medicine suggests that exposure to low doses of a specific class of flame-retardant chemicals may alter the expression of thyroid hormones in the body, potentially leading to thyroid disease.
Lithium in Chilean drinking water may be causing hypothyroidism
04/06/2011 - High levels of lithium found in the drinking water of four hamlets in the Andes Mountains may be putting villagers at risk for hypothyroidism, according to a recently released report.
Hypothyroidism may contribute to color blindness
03/31/2011 - Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research have announced that hypothyroidism may have a connection to difficulties in differentiating colors.
 

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