Hypothyroidism A Growing Problem For Those With Kidney Issues

In the world of kidney health, new research is always emerging regarding the potential health issues which those with impaired kidney function face in addition to their kidney problems. Researchers have discovered hypothyroidism is much more common in patients with worsening kidney functions as well as patients suffering from proteinuria. Researchers explained hypothyroidism had already been defined as a comorbidity of chronic kidney issues and is usually accompanied by metabolic syndrome.

They said the occurrence of the condition is between 3% to 25%. There are other comorbidities associated with chronic kidney problems, according to researchers. They said these include hypertension, anemia, cardiovascular disease and congestive heart failure. The researchers selected 301 adults with kidney issues who also had three eGFR readings of less than or equal to 60 mL/min/1.73 m2. If the Urine albumin-creatinine ratio at baseline was greater than the 75th percentile, it was considered significant.

Researchers found patients were more likely to develop hypothyroidism with worse eGFR grades. Additionally, they found patients in the 75th percentile for
urine albumin-creatinine ratio a TSH greater than 1.8 uIU/L had an odds ratio of 1.8. Researchers said the odds ratio for those with TSH level greater than 5uIU/L was 1.052.

Researchers said they had two purposes for this study. The first was to determine how prevalent hypertension was in kidney health sufferers overall and across the spectrum. Second, they wanted to look at the connection between hypothyroidism to urine albumin-creatinine ratio (through which they determined proteinuria) and slope of eGFR. For more information on the health issues faced by kidney health sufferers be sure to subscribe to us on YouTube