the track of the thyroid becomes clearer

2023-06-29 06:50:27

In 2017, Alternative Santé published an article entitled “ Depression: what if it was the thyroid? which tried to highlight, from the few clues available at the time, the links that could link thyroid problems and mood disorders. He pointed the finger, in particular, the possibility that some patients are being prescribed antidepressants inappropriately when they actually suffer from unidentified thyroid disorders. A new study, conducted on 1,279 Chinese patients who had already had a first diagnosis of an episode of major depressive disorder, now provides possible confirmation of this phenomenon by making a key discovery: the levels of the various thyroid hormones seem to be correlated with the severity of the depressive disorder.

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Suicide patients with abnormal thyroid hormone levels

By focusing on indicators such as thyroid hormones, blood sugar and blood lipid levels, and relating these to the severity of depressive and anxiety symptoms experienced by patients and the occurrence of suicidal behaviors, the researchers found that patients who committed suicide presented, in fact, higher serum levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), anti-thyroglobulin (A-TG) and anti-thyroid peroxidase (A-TPO). Results that echo those of other studies that have previously shown a relationship between abnormal levels of thyroid hormones, major depressive disorder and anxiety.

It was also revealed that patients with major depressive disorder, who had higher lipid levels (total cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL-C) and a blood pressure elevated systolic and diastolic, were more likely to have severe symptoms and suicidal tendencies.

Monitoring thyroid and blood sugar: a new preventive action?

Although they must be confirmed by new studies, these discoveries are important because, although MDD is today linked to various factors (genetic, biological, environmental and psychological), we too often forget more subtle physiological aspects Who could provide a deeper understanding symptoms of this disorder.

As the researchers explain, the levels of thyroid hormones, blood lipids or blood sugar could, in the future, become biomarkers indicating a potential risk of suicide in the event of major depressive disorder.

The research team also recommends, in view of this new information, regular monitoring of thyroid function and blood sugar in patients with major depressive disorder, in order to prevent potential risks. Thus, appropriate treatments for the thyroid and diabetes could perhaps in the future join the existing therapeutic arsenal in the prevention of suicide in these patients.

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