Link between vitamin D deficiency and thyroid disorders explored

Study authors conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis regarding the correlation of vitamin D levels to adult thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism, Graves disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and autoimmune thyroid disease. Photo: Pexels

(Maria Arini Lopez/ Endocrinology Advisor) –– Lower serum vitamin D levels are found in people with autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITD), Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (HT), hypothyroidism (HD) and Graves disease (GD),  but researchers considered the link to GD significant only in people aged 40 years and older. The researchers’ findings were recently published in BMC Endocrine Disorders.

Vitamin D has anti-inflammatory effects through inhibition of the production of cytokines as well as diminishing T cell-dependent immune responses in autoimmune diseases.

Researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis regarding the correlation of vitamin D levels to adult thyroid disorders. They reviewed four databases, including PubMed, ISI Web of Science, Google Scholar, and Scopus. Studies that involved non-human or irrelevant datasets, pregnant or lactating women, case reports, reviews, editorials, poster abstracts, and non-original studies were excluded.  (…)

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