Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Increase Thyroid Risks

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Many people don’t know that having psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is linked to a higher risk of other autoimmune conditons.
Researchers think that having psoriasis or PsA specifically increases your risk for autoimmune thyroid disease and subclinical hypothyroidism.

According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, there are more than 100 conditions classified as autoimmune, affecting an estimated 50 million Americans. Having any autoimmune disease puts you at an increased risk of other autoimmune conditions.

While researchers have studied connections between psoriasis/PsA and other autoimmune diseases, a late 2018 study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that having psoriasis and PsA increases the risk of developing autoimmune Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. The risk was even greater for patients with PsA.

As with many autoimmune disease issues, researchers haven’t yet determined the explanation. But they theorize that genetic and immune system irregularities common to both diseases may link psoriasis/PsA and autoimmune thyroid disease.

You can read the full story by Mary Shomon here:

This article shares one doctor’s view of thyroid cancer. He states that in most cases, the cause of thyroid cancer is unknown, according to Dr. David Goldenberg, chief of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Penn State Health. But, for years, the vast majority of his thyroid cancer patients have told him they blame the 1979 partial meltdown of a reactor at Three Mile Island near Middletown, Pennsylvania, for their disease.

Although he generally doesn’t agree with them, Goldenberg’s research indicates some of those suspicions may be true. “In most cases, thyroid cancer just happens and it’s bad luck,” he said. “In some cases, it’s passed along in families but not directly hereditary.”

He shares that one of the only known risk factors for developing the disease is exposure to low-dose radiation, with a seven- to 20-year incubation time before the cancer appears.

You can read his full report here:

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