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Subclinical Hypothyroidism and Thyroid Antibodies Increase Risk of Early Miscarriage

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Researchers looked at whether subclinical hypothyroidism and/or autoimmune thyroid disease during early pregnancy — the 4 to 8 week period  — was also associated with higher rates of miscarriage. The researchers evaluated more than 3,000 women in early pregnancy. They grouped the women according to the severity of their subclinical hypothyroidism, as well as presence of antibodies/autoimmune thyroid disease, and then compared the miscarriage rates. The women were classified as: normal thyroid function subclinical hypothyroidism autoimmune thyroid disease subclinical hypothyroidism and autoimmune thyroid disease Of the group, 3.5% had miscarriages before 20 weeks of gestation. The women who had subclinical hypothyroidism, autoimmune thyroid disease or both had the highest risks, compared to women with normal thyroid function. Specifically, the women with both subclinical hypothyroidism and autoimmune thyroid disease not only had a higher risk, but also tended to have earlier miscariages. What This Means for You? While endocrinologists are not […]

Treating Hashimoto’s Can Prevent Overt Hypothyroidism

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Most people who have Hashimoto’s disease -approximately 90% – have antibodies that can be measured in the blood. The Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPO) test detects those antibodies. At the same time, around 5% of people who have the disease and were diagnosed by other means (i.e., ultrasound, biopsy, etc.) do not have measurable thyroid antibodies. In one study, researchers looked at patients who had been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, but had no measurable antibodies. This group was compared to patients who had Hashimoto’s and antibodies. What they found was that overt hypothyroidism — defined as an elevated thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level, and low Free Thyroxine (Free T4) levels was more common in those patients who tested positive for thyroid antibodies. Subclinical hypothyroidism — mildly increased TSH — was more common in the group who did not test positive for antibodies. The researchers concluded that the presence of antibodies was […]