COVID-19 may be linked to thyroid diseases

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Scientists from London Medical Laboratory found that there is a direct link between SARS-CoV-2 and abnormal thyroid function.

They found two factors may be at play in the growth of thyroid problems—the COVID-19 pandemic and an aging population.

There is growing evidence that thyroid problems are increasing in the community, and particularly among older people and those patients with COVID symptoms severe enough to be admitted to hospital.

There is a concern now that these two factors combined may see these numbers climb even higher in the future. In addition, thyroid problems are more common in women than men.

A woman is about five to eight times more likely to be diagnosed with a thyroid condition than a man.

A recent study found almost 15% of hospital patients with COVID-19, who had no previously diagnosed thyroid disorders, went on to develop abnormal thyroid function.

A study from the US, also released recently and confirmed by our results, has found that almost 25% of over-65-year-olds are now showing some kind of thyroid problem.

A recent study found one in four people over 65 showed signs of thyroid problems. Concerningly, many of the cases picked up in the study were previously untreated thyroid dysfunctions.

Most of these patients had underactive thyroids, while a very small minority suffered from overactive thyroids.

That’s concerning enough but, in the last year, evidence has been building that there is also a link between COVID-19 and abnormal thyroid functions in patients of all ages.

And people ill with COVID-19 have a worse prognosis if they develop thyroid problems.

Thyroid diseases can lead to severe health problems and need to be treated quickly.

If undiagnosed, underactive thyroids (hypothyroidism) can lead to slow heart rate, hearing loss, anemia and, in the most severe cases, Myxedema Coma.

Overactive thyroids (hyperthyroidism), if not controlled, can lead to eye problems, pregnancy problems, irregular or abnormally fast heart rate, weakened bones, heart failure and what the medical profession terms a “thyroid storm,” which can lead to confusion.

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