Hypothyroidism Affects The Brain – Part 2 of 2
The examine showed that memory and thinking problems occurred at about the same rate regardless of thyroid function. Impairments in brain function occurred in 16 percent of participants with general thyroid function, 17 percent of patients with more severe hypothyroidism and 18 percent of people with mild hypothyroidism. No association between hypothyroidism and pacific brain impairment was found, the researchers said, even after they took into account the participants’ age, gender, body-mass index (a measurement of body fat based on height and weight) and other health problems.
One professional said the final word on this issue might still be yet to come, however. Dr Spyros Mezitis, an endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said the study had a “robust” design. But because the results battle with those of prior studies, they “need to be validated in research in separate settings” and with a trial that follows patients over time. “The practicing physician should continue testing thyroid activity in the setting of memory and thinking decline and treating clinical hypothyroidism”. The study was published online Dec 30, 2013 in the journal JAMA Neurology.