Overactive thyroid linked to bone fracture risk

Fracture risk identified for overactive thyroids.
Date:27 May 2015 Tags:

Those with a slightly overactive thyroid are more likely to experience a fracture, a study has found. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania reached this conclusion after examining the results of 13 individual research studies that included more than 70 000 patients from all over the world.

According to the findings, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, an overactive thyroid may result in symptoms such as weight loss, anxiety, and heart palpitations. Other complications associated with this condition include an increased risk of osteoporosis and fractures.

The study examined whether the risk of fractures also increases among patients with only mild abnormalities of the thyroid, those who have not developed any physical symptoms as a result of having too much or too little thyroid hormone. In the study, all patients had their thyroid levels tested. They were followed for an average of twelve years to see whether or not they experienced fractures.

Researchers reported that patients with a slightly overactive thyroid were more likely to experience a fracture. Those who had an underactive thyroid did not have an increased risk of fractures.

(Source: The Newsmarket.)


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