Thyroid Awareness Month...Hypothyroidism Hikes Death Risk in Blacks

January 7, 2014

The thyroid gland is often referred to as the body’s engine, and just like the mechanical metaphor when the thyroid gland stops working properly the body eventually starts to sputter.


That’s why health care experts have designated January Thyroid Awareness Month, so that more people take the time to familiarize themselves with the symptoms of thyroid disease. According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), thyroid disease is a more common endocrine disorder than diabetes or heart disease and affects as many as 30 million Americans, more than half of whom remain undiagnosed.


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Hypothyroidism Hikes Death Risk in Blacks


African Americans with hypothyroidism face an increased risk of death, and in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), even mild underactive thyroid disease raises mortality risk, a retrospective cohort study found.

Hypothyroidism overall was associated with greater mortality in black participants but not in nonblacks, according to Connie Rhee, MD, MSc, of Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, and colleagues. A trend toward subclinical hypothyroidism and early death was seen in African Americans, but it did not reach statistical significance.


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