The study showed that patients suffering from autoimmune inflammation of the thyroid gland have an increased risk of anxiety.
The results of the scientists' work were presented at e-ECE 2020, writes Medikforum.
The thyroid gland produces the hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), which, in turn, regulate the functioning of the heart, muscles and digestion, as well as affect brain development and bone health. If the body does not make antibodies properly, autoimmune thyroid disease occurs as it attacks and damages the gland.
According to recent research, anxiety disorders may be associated with thyroid dysfunction. According to experts, the endocrine system can play a significant role in anxiety, which means that when examining patients with a similar problem, doctors should take into account the state of the thyroid gland and the rest of the endocrine system, as well as the nervous system.
The results of the scientists' work may be important for patients with anxiety to receive more effective treatment. However, the study did not take into account sex hormones and adrenal hormones, which can also influence anxiety in humans.