Interesting article from a meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in Las Vegas. If this snippet piques your interest, follow the link to read the rest of the article.
'Thyroid' Issues May Really Be Hypothalamic
Published: May 15, 2014
By Kristina Fiore, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
LAS VEGAS -- Obese patients who continue to have "thyroid symptoms" even when their levels are normalized may have a hypothalamic dysfunction, researchers reported here.
In a single-center study of 50 patients referred for evaluation of thyroid symptoms, 68% had at least four symptoms that were characteristic of hypothalamic obesity disorder, Saad Sakkal, MD, and colleagues reported during a late-breaking poster session at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists meeting here.
Those include fatigue, temperature dysregulation, weight change, changes in sleeping patterns, pain, and mood disorders, the researchers said.
Sakkal explained that every endocrinologist sees patients who have been referred for "thyroid symptoms" with normal or low thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels.
But some overweight patients continue to have these thyroid symptoms even when they've had sufficient hormone replacement.
"Patients who insist they have thyroid disease causing their weight problems are frequent," the researchers said. "Some try thyroid medications, yet they feel worse and don't lose weight. These patients would only benefit from therapy for their hypothalamic dysfunction."...
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