Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affects many people, but there are few who look more seriously at what is causing the problem. Studies show that low levels of thyroid hormone are often detected in those affected, but the condition may be different from “normal” thyroid disease.
Dr. Overcast Dawn, the opinion of the endocrinologist candidate of the Buda Endocrine Center on the topic.
A Frontiers in Endocrinology According to a study in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and a decrease in thyroid hormone levels, it may be different from thyroid disease. This finding is considered an important step in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome.
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Chronic fatigue syndrome is a common condition that causes weakness, fatigue and possibly depression. His diagnosis is based primarily on symptoms and the exclusion of possible underlying diseases.
Many of the symptoms are similar to hypothyroidism (hypothyroidism) but the body tries to stimulate thyroid hormone production by releasing more thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) – this does not happen in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (only if they also have hypothyroidism).
Therefore, the researchers hypothesize that chronic fatigue syndrome is caused by low activity of thyroid hormones in the absence of “normal” thyroid disease.
In the study, the researchers included 98 people with CFS and 99 healthy people thyroid function and inflammatory markers were compared. The study found that patients with CFS had lower levels of triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), but the amount of TSH was within the normal range.
Further analyzes showed that urinary iodine levels were lower in CFS patients and low levels of inflammation were observed, reflecting symptoms in patients with hypothyroidism. It was also found that those with chronic fatigue syndrome had higher levels of another thyroid hormone called “reverse / reverse T3.
What is Reverse T3?
Dr. Hajnal Borús, a candidate endocrinologist at the Buda Endocrine Center, said that reverse T3 (rT3) is a malformed, inactive hormone that can bind to T3. This is a problem because active T3 cannot be incorporated into the cells, so symptoms typical of thyroid dysfunction may occur (one of the symptoms of which is fatigue). If the amount of rt3 is high, it is advisable to check the wind and vitamin D levels, as well as tests for insulin resistance, kidney / liver disease.
Of course, if warranted, the use of thyroid medication is necessary and the missing thyroid hormones can be replaced, which also eliminates chronic fatigue.
Source: Napidoktor by napidoktor.hu.
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