Headaches Linked to Thyroid

Your headaches may be linked to your thyroid. People with migraines and other headache disorders have a greater risk of a thyroid disease known as hypothyroidism, a new study suggests.

“It is possible that the development of hypothyroidism in a headache patient might further increase the frequency of headache, as past studies have found that treatment of hypothyroidism reduces the frequency of headache,” study co-author Dr. Vincent Martin, a professor of medicine, said in a school news release.

People with pre-existing headache disorders — such as cluster or tension headaches — had a 21 percent higher risk of hypothyroidism, the investigators found. And people with a possible migraine disorder had a 41 percent greater risk. The findings suggest that people with migraines are particularly susceptible to hypothyroidism. However, the study doesn’t prove that one condition causes the other.

I found this study very interesting since I began having migraines when I was a teenager and later developed Graves’ disease.  And yes, the above comment stating “treatment of hypothyroidism reduces the frequency of headache” is true from my experience.

You can read the full report here:

http://www.doctorslounge.com/index.php/news/hd/66846

 

Higher thyroid hormone levels were associated with increased cancer risk, according to a prospective cohort study conducted in The Netherlands.

This study focused on free thyroxine (FT4) no just TSH, which is a step in the right direction.

Here is the report:

http://www.medpagetoday.com/endocrinology/thyroid/60521

 

People with type 1 diabetes may also be more likely to have a diagnosis of another autoimmune disease, study data show.

Thyroid diseases were the most frequently diagnosed additional autoimmune diseases (20%); hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s disease were most common (96% of all thyroid diseases), and hyperthyroidism or Graves’ disease were less common (8% of all thyroid diseases). Rheumatoid arthritis (< 1%), vitiligo (< 1%) and Addison’s disease (< 1%) were less common.

Not only are we dealing with one disease, we are now at risk for developing additional diseases. Awesome!

http://www.healio.com/endocrinology/diabetes/news/in-the-journals/%7Bc0b75e6a-d5e8-4077-b161-4813564f1c2e%7D/type-1-diabetes-often-accompanied-by-other-autoimmune-diseases

 

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