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Dallas Scientists Discover Statins May Falsely Indicate Thyroid Problems
Date:2/19/2009

orm of the condition, which occurs when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland.

"This paper is important because it suggests that most people on statins for high cholesterol likely do not have any problem with their thyroid -- even if they have low TSH test results (usually an indicator of an overactive thyroid)," said Dr. Patrick Barr, chief of nuclear medicine at Texas Health Dallas and co-author of the study. "That's important because patients and their doctors might choose to not undergo a lot of expensive, invasive tests."

Statins have anti-inflammatory properties, which could affect other systems in the body, including the thyroid and other glands and organs, the researchers theorize.


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