The natural thyroid function has long been the subject of fascination in health and wellness circles.
This is especially true in regards to the autoimmune thyroid disease (ATD), which can lead to serious health problems including hypothyroticism.
Now, a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggests that optimizing the thyroid function is the key to helping improve health.
In fact, the study found that the thyroid’s function can significantly impact the overall health of the body.
The study involved 2,065 participants ages 18 to 64 from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.
Researchers found that participants with thyroid issues were less likely to experience hypothyroids and, on average, their thyroid function was slightly better.
The participants also had higher levels of antioxidants and had lower levels of inflammation and oxidative stress.
Researchers believe the results are an important first step towards helping patients understand their thyroid health and improve their overall health.
“The thyroid plays an important role in regulating the immune system and controlling inflammatory responses, which is important in managing autoimmune diseases such as ATD,” said lead author Dr. Stephanie Eichinger of the University of Iowa Health Sciences Center.
“Treating hypothyrodism with natural therapies such as supplementation, diet, and lifestyle changes can lead both to better thyroid function and better overall health.”
For this study, the researchers recruited participants who had experienced ATD at least once.
The study team then divided participants into four groups based on their symptoms and physical symptoms: healthy, hypothyritic, hypoactive, and hyperactive.
The researchers looked at the participants’ thyroid function before and after the hypothyroxine/neo-NMDA antagonist, TAC, was given to the participants.
In the healthy participants, the TAC had no effect on their thyroid levels and had no negative impact on their overall thyroid function.
In the hypo-active participants, however, the dose of TAC caused them to lose the thyroid and reduce their thyroid hormone levels.
The hyperactive participants in the study had elevated thyroid levels which led to reduced thyroid hormone function.
The results showed that, on the whole, the healthy and hypo active participants had a slightly lower overall thyroid hormone level, but still had elevated levels of thyroid hormones.
The hypo patients also had a slight reduction in thyroid hormone, which led them to have a slightly higher thyroid hormone concentration.
This suggests that hypothyrogenesis may be an underlying mechanism for ATD, rather than a result of the disease itself.
The lower thyroid hormone concentrations may be related to a reduction in circulating thyroid hormone as a result, according to the study.
Another factor that may contribute to hypothyrosis is the immune response to thyroid disorders, according the study authors.
They noted that the immune responses to thyroid disease are generally lower than those seen with ATD.
However, in the hyperactive patients, immune function may be more impaired.
They also experienced a lower amount of thyroid hormone.
“Hypothyroid symptoms are a risk factor for autoimmune diseases, such as autoimmune thyroiditis,” said Eichings research fellow Dr. Tariq Al Hasan.
“It is unclear if hypothyrogensic symptoms can be prevented or improved by thyroid supplementation, but there is evidence that a decrease in thyroid hormones may reduce autoimmune thyroid reactions in hypothyrosclerotic individuals.”
The researchers also found that hypoactivities are a key component of ATD and that hypochrocystic hypothyroglobulinemia (CHH), a condition in which the body fails to produce thyroid hormones, is a risk indicator for ATDs.
They speculate that the increased immune response caused by hypochroidism may contribute significantly to ATDs because it can trigger a response from the immune systems.
However if a person is hypo, they may not have the ability to produce the hormone T3 that is required for normal thyroid function, and this in turn can lead them to experience increased immune activity.