Hypothyroidism News and Research

Hypothyroid and Cholesterol: Too Little Thyroid Hormone, Too Much Cholesterol
06/22/2018 - 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.
Tired? Always Cold? Think it’s hypothyroidism? Think again
02/11/2018 - To address the uncertainty regarding treatment subclinical hypothyroidism, results of a pair of studies debunk any advantages to taking thyroid replacement therapy unless and until thyroid function worsens, unless you are pregnant.
Hypothyroid and Older? You May Not Need Treatment
05/09/2017 - 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
10/11/2016 - 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?
10/04/2016 - 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?
07/29/2016 - 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?
07/06/2016 - 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
03/22/2016 - 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
09/14/2015 - 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?
07/28/2015 - 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
07/23/2015 - 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.
 

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