Thyroid Levels Impact Risk Of Alzheimer’s For Women

August 1, 2008

A new study has shown that high or low thyroid levels impact the overall risk of women developing Alzheimer's disease..Washington (ChattahBox) – A new study has shown that high or low thyroid levels impact the overall risk of women developing Alzheimer’s disease.

The study was led by Dr. Zaldy Tan of the Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Hebrew SeniorLife, and was conducted with 1,200 healthy men and women with an average age of 71.

Researchers in the study measured the hormone called thyrotropin, which acts as a thyroid regulator in the body.

They found that women who had the lowest or highest thyroid levels face an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

The risk for those women was double that of women with normal thyroid levels. This increased risk was not seen in men.

The study has been published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.


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