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Restrictive Diets May Cause Thyroid Troubles in Young Kids

Posted 10 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 – Two cases of children who developed iodine deficiency highlight the risks of putting too many restrictions on young kids' diets, researchers say. The doctors said that the children – aged 2 and 5 – developed iodine deficiency because their diets lacked salt, dairy products, bread and other sources of the mineral. Iodine deficiency is common in developing countries, but was virtually eliminated in the United States after iodized salt was introduced almost a century ago. However, it can still happen if a child's diet is strictly limited, said study author Dr. Brigid Gregg. She is a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. "Parents should be aware that if they're really restricting the foods their children eat, iodine deficiency is a possibility," Gregg said. The body needs iodine to make thyroid hormones, which ... Read more

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Underactive Thyroid May Raise Odds for Type 2 Diabetes: Study

Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 4, 2016 – People with an underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, may be at greater risk for type 2 diabetes – even if their thyroid hormone levels are kept within normal range, a new study finds. As the Dutch researchers explained, thyroid hormones are essential for the regulation of metabolism – the conversion of food into either energy or fat. However, an underactive thyroid gland slows metabolism, and that can lead to weight gain, the scientists said. Prior studies suggested that hypothyroidism is tied to reduced insulin sensitivity – a precursor for type 2 diabetes. In the new eight-year-long study, a team led by Dr. Layal Chaker of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam tracked almost 8,500 people averaging 65 years of age. All of the participants had a blood test to measure their blood sugar levels as well as their thyroid function. They were re-evaluated every few ... Read more

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Health Tip: Get the Facts on Iodine

Posted 30 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

-- If you're dwelling on the subject of getting enough minerals, then calcium, iron and potassium may be more on your mind than iodine. But don't neglect the latter, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. Your body doesn't produce iodine, so you have to get it through diet. It's essential for thyroid hormone production. Iodine deficiency can be a serious problem for pregnant women and their babies. Table salt contains iodine, but people on a low-salt diet may not be getting enough. Iodine is essential for healthy brain development of a fetus. Iodized salt, seaweed, seafood and saltwater fish are good sources of iodine. Read more

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Surgeon's Experience Tied to Success of Thyroid Removal: Study

Posted 8 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 – Patients who undergo thyroid removal may be less likely to suffer complications if their surgeon performs many such surgeries each year, a new study says. Removal of the thyroid gland, located at the base of the neck, is a common operation. More than 72,300 total thyroidectomies are performed in the United States annually, usually to treat thyroid cancer or benign thyroid diseases, the study authors said. The authors examined data from nearly 17,000 American adults who had their thyroid removed between 1998 and 2009. About half these patients had cancer, and the other half had thyroid disease. Overall, 6 percent of the patients had complications after their surgery, such as damage to voice box nerves, excessive bleeding, poor wound healing, breathing or heart problems, hormone deficiency and death. Complication rates were 4 percent among patients whose surgeon ... Read more

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Health Tip: Spot the Signs of Hypothyroidism

Posted 4 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

-- When the thyroid doesn't produce enough hormone, your metabolism slows, which may lead to dangerous side effects. The University of Maryland Medical Center says symptoms of hypothyroidism include: Feeling tired. Being sensitive to cold. Developing a hoarse voice and slowed speech. Having a slower pulse. Developing hair that is thicker, scaly, dry and more coarse. Feeling numbness in the hands and fingers. Having constipation, weight gain, problems with menstruation or headaches. Feeling confused or depressed. Showing signs of dementia. Showing delays among children in growth, teething or mental development. Read more

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Fluoride in Drinking Water Tied to Higher Rates of Underactive Thyroid

Posted 25 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 – A British study finds a correlation between the amount of fluoride in public drinking water and a rise in incidence of underactive thyroid. While the study is only able to establish an association, not cause-and-effect, experts say the link deserves serious investigation. "Clinicians in the United States should emphasize to patients this association and should test patients for underactive thyroid," said Dr. Spyros Mezitis, an endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Patients should probably be advised to drink less fluoridated water and consume less fluoridated products, including [fluoridated] toothpaste," added Mezitis, who was not involved in the study. But a representative of the American Dental Association took issue with the British report. "Public health policy is built on a strong base of scientific evidence, not a single study," ... Read more

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Thyroid Trouble May Harm Women's Fertility, Study Finds

Posted 26 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 – A new study supports the notion that thyroid disorders can cause significant reproductive problems for women. The report's authors believe that testing for thyroid disease should be considered for women who have fertility problems and repeated early pregnancy loss. The research, published Jan. 23 in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, found that 2.3 percent of women with fertility problems had an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), compared with 1.5 percent of those in the general population. The condition is also linked with menstrual irregularity, the researchers said. "Abnormalities in thyroid function can have an adverse effect on reproductive health and result in reduced rates of conception, increased miscarriage risk and adverse pregnancy and neonatal outcomes," said study co-author Amanda Jefferys in a journal news release. She is a researcher from the ... Read more

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Standard Treatment for Underactive Thyroid Gland Still Best: Experts

Posted 3 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 – An expert panel reviewing treatments for hypothyroidism has concluded that the drug levothyroxine (L-T4) should remain the standard of care. The updated guidelines from the American Thyroid Association were published recently in the journal Thyroid. The thyroid gland produces hormones that control the way every cell in the body uses energy. For instance, thyroid hormones control how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. Sometimes the thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone to control these activities. This is called hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid. A task force convened by the thyroid association reviewed available medical literature and found no evidence that other types of thyroid hormone replacements are better than L-T4, which has long been the standard of care for patients with hypothyroidism. Brand names for L-T4 include ... Read more

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Underactive Thyroid Not Linked to Memory Problems

Posted 30 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 30, 2013 – Hypothyroidism, a condition that causes low or no thyroid hormone production, is not linked to mild dementia or impaired brain function, a new study suggests. Although more research is needed, the scientists said their findings add to mounting evidence that the thyroid gland disorder is not tied to the memory and thinking problems known as "mild cognitive impairment." Some prior evidence has suggested that changes in the body's endocrine system, including thyroid function, might be linked to Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, said researchers led by Dr. Ajay Parsaik, of the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. Mild cognitive impairment, in particular, is thought to be an early warning sign of the memory-robbing disorder Alzheimer's disease, the study authors said in a university news release. In conducting the study, Parsaik's team ... Read more

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Thyroid Levels of Older Hospital Patients May Be Linked to Survival

Posted 30 Oct 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 30 – Older hospital patients who have low thyroid hormone levels may face higher odds of dying, according to a new study. The thyroid, a gland in the neck, produces hormones that regulate the body's temperature, oxygen consumption and metabolism. The gland produces two hormones – triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) – that travel through the blood to spur activity in various tissues. The findings were to be published in the December issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. "When older individuals have low levels of thyroid hormones, particularly T3, it reflects that the body is weak and more susceptible to the harmful effects of disease," study author Dr. Pedro Iglesias, of Hospital Ramon y Cajal in Madrid, said in a journal news release. "As a result, older individuals who have a reduced ability to synthesize T3 hormones have a higher rate of ... Read more

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Underactive Thyroid and Heart Failure a Bad Combination: Study

Posted 22 May 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 22 – People with heart failure are more likely to experience poorer health from having a thyroid gland that is even mildly underactive, according to a new study. And among black patients, the researchers found an increased risk of death linked to the condition, which is known as hypothyroidism. "This study is the first to show that African-Americans who have hypothyroidism face a greater risk of death than patients of other racial and ethnic groups," Dr. Connie Rhee, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said in a news release from the Endocrine Society. "This elevated risk exists despite the fact that hypothyroidism is less common in the African-American population compared to other groups." "More research is needed to confirm these findings and to determine the underlying reasons why hypothyroidism has a differential impact on people of different races and ... Read more

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People With Type 1 Diabetes at Risk of Thyroid Disease

Posted 15 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 15 – People who have type 1 diabetes are more likely than others to develop an autoimmune thyroid condition. Though estimates vary, the rate of thyroid disease – either under- or overactive thyroid – may be as high as 30 percent in people with type 1 diabetes, according to Dr. Betul Hatipoglu, an endocrinologist with the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. And the odds are especially high for women, whether they have diabetes or not, she said, noting that women are eight times more likely than men to develop thyroid disease. "I tell my patients thyroid disease and type 1 diabetes are sister diseases, like branches of a tree," she said. "Each is different, but the root is the same. And, that root is autoimmunity, where the immune system is attacking your own healthy endocrine parts." Hatipoglu also noted that autoimmune diseases often run in families. A grandparent may have had ... Read more

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N.Y. Woman Balances Thyroid Disease and Diabetes

Posted 15 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 15 – Jet Landis was only 4 years old when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1992. Even though she was so young, she can still recall the extreme thirst she felt because of diabetes. Landis was lucky, though, because her mother was a nurse and recognized the signs of type 1 diabetes before her condition became life-threatening. Still, the diagnosis was a difficult one because it meant that, while still a preschooler, Landis had to begin taking daily insulin injections to replace the insulin her body was no longer making. Multiple daily injections of insulin remain part of Landis's routine. Now in her early 20s, she manages her diabetes with the help of a continuous glucose monitor to measure blood glucose levels. The device, which is inserted under her skin, has to be changed about once a week. She also has to poke her fingers to do a standard blood sugar test to ... Read more

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BPA Exposure Impacts Pregnant Women's Thyroids, Study Suggests

Posted 4 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 4 – New research finds that BPA – a chemical widely used in the manufacture of hard plastics, cans and even store receipts – is associated with lower levels of thyroid hormone in both pregnant women and their newborn boys. At this point, the implications of the findings to human health are unclear, although abnormal thyroid hormone levels have been associated with changes in thinking skills, behavior and growth, according to the research, which was published online Oct. 4 in Environmental Health Perspectives. This is the first study to show an association between BPA (or bisphenol A) and thyroid hormone in pregnant women, according to the study's lead author, Kim Harley, an adjunct associate professor of public health at the University of California, Berkeley. Almost all – 95 percent – of women of reproductive age have enough BPA in their urine to be detectable. BPA ... Read more

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Soy Formula May Harm Babies With Underactive Thyroid: Report

Posted 21 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 21 – Babies born with congenital hypothyroidism – a condition that causes low or no thyroid hormone production – shouldn't be given soy formula, new research indicates. Soy can interfere with the absorption of levothyroxine, the medication that replaces the missing thyroid hormone. If babies and toddlers don't get enough replacement thyroid medication, their brains can't develop properly, experts note. Two case studies that highlight the importance of this issue are detailed by doctors from the University of California, San Diego, in the September issue of the journal Pediatrics. "Soy products interfere with levothyroxine absorption and endanger infants and young children with congenital hypothyroidism who are at risk for developmental and growth delay," wrote the authors of the case studies. "When a child is hypothyroid at birth, it's really a medical emergency," said ... Read more

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