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Thyroid problems 'could increase risk of developing anxiety'

People with thyroid problems could be at a significant risk of developing anxiety.People with thyroid problems could be at a significant risk of developing anxiety.Researchers from the Kyiv City Clinical Hospital, Ukraine, discovered that patients with autoimmune inflammation of their thyroid had a high chance of anxiety disorders.

They further found that people with anxiety had undiagnosed thyroid conditions, and the scientists have pointed to mental wellbeing as playing a vital role in thyroid inflammation.

thyroid problems

The thyroid gland is a small gland in the neck, and produces hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) which are essential for regulating heart, muscle and digestive function, and brain development.

And thyroid problems, including inflammation, occur when the body wrongly produces antibodies that attack the gland.

Almost 60 people were analysed in the study – 29 men and 27 women – that had all been diagnosed with anxiety, and were experiencing panic attacks.

After undergoing ultrasounds of their thyroid glands, the patients with anxiety showed signs of inflammation, and were subsequently treated with ibuprofen and thyroxine to reduce their thyroid hormone levels and anxiety.

"These findings indicate that the endocrine system may play an important role in anxiety. Doctors should also consider the thyroid gland and the rest of the endocrine system, as well as the nervous system, when examining patients with anxiety," Dr Juliya Onofriichuk explained.

She urged for more research into the findings, and wants the study to help doctors effectively treat patients and improve their thyroid function, which could have a long-term positive effect on their mental health.   

Reference: Cover Media: 16 hrs ago: 07/09/2020 

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