Hypo and Hyperthyroidism

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Could your thyroid be perpetuating your depression?

Could your thyroid be perpetuating your depression?

The association between thyroid imbalance and depression has been recognized for many years. But how much is the thyroid contributing to your depression? Interestingly, subclinical or low-grade hypothyroidism is more strongly associated with depression than overt hypothyroidism with up to 40% of people with low-grade hypothyroidism also having depression. Some research has shown that when treating low-grade hypothyroidism with thyroid medication, the depression diminishes and even sometimes resolves. If you are suffering from depressive symptoms, consider getting your thyroid tested as fixing the imbalance could help alleviate some symptoms. It is even possible to get off anti-depressants with the right thyroid...

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The correlation between hypothyroidism and cholesterol and triglyceride problems

The correlation between hypothyroidism and cholesterol and triglyceride problems

Dyslipidemia is defined as finding abnormal amounts of fats (i.e. cholesterol, triglycerides, etc…) in the blood. There are several causes of dyslipidemia, and one of the causes is hypothyroidism as thyroid hormone levels impact cholesterol metabolism in the body. Often, a lipid panel tested on a hypothyroid patient shows elevated lipid levels. The grade of dyslipidemia found in hypothyroid patients depends on the severity of their hypothyroidism, their age, lifestyle, and genetic makeup. Treating hypothyroidism with a T4 medication only might not be the best choice for those suffering from persistent dyslipidemia. Studies have shown that using a combined treatment...

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Thyroid imbalance can affect your heart in many ways

Thyroid imbalance can affect your heart in many ways

Thyroid hormones play a very important role in regulating your cardiovascular system. For this reason, thyroid hormone imbalance, whether hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, can lead to negative affects on your heart and blood vessels. In the general population, many people have heart problems that turn out to be related to a thyroid disorder. Research has shown that even sub clinical thyroid disease or low grade thyroid hormone imbalance can cause heart issues. Severe hypothyroidism can cause significant cardiac problems such as heart blocks, pericardial effusion, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Hypothyroidism can also cause the heart muscle to stiffen up,...

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Comparison of therapies for treating Graves’ Disease

Comparison of therapies for treating Graves’ Disease

Graves’ Disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism in the United States. The management of hyperthyroidism is important because if left untreated, the effects result in low quality of life and can be detrimental to one’s health. There are 3 forms of treatment available for hyperthyroidism. Each treatment has advantages and disadvantages. The first form of treatment is radioactive iodine (RAI). This therapy targets the thyroid gland with radioactive iodine, causing the shrinkage and destruction of the gland. In some cases, if destruction of the gland results in hypothyroidism, thyroid hormone replacement therapy is needed to restore euthyroidism. There...

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