Posted by: ugleepen | March 27, 2012

Can Arthritis And Low Thyroid Increase Heart Disease Risk In Women?

The medical community has long felt that there was an association between hypothyroidism (low thyroid) and inflammatory arthritis, especially for women.

Journalist Denise Napoli has posted an article on FamilyPracticeNews relating the recent results from a study done at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam by Dr. Hennie G. Raterman and colleagues, that seems to indicate that this hypothesis is true, along with the alarming data that this combination also increases heart disease risk in women.

“In patients with inflammatory arthritis, low thyroid prevalence rates were significantly higher than in controls,” wrote the authors of the study.

The authors then calculated the prevalence of cardiovascular (heart) disease, and found that, after adjustment for age, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol, women with low thyroid plus inflammatory arthritis, had significantly higher odds for heart disease, compared with the control subjects.

According to Dr. Raterman, low thyroid acts on the cardiovascular system in several ways: by increasing oxygen stress and deteriorating cell function; and by increasing the formation of plaque in artery walls.

Although the researchers cautioned that their study results require further investigation, if you have been diagnosed with any type of inflammatory arthritis and low thyroid, you might consider seeing your physician for a closer look at your cardiovascular system.

It’s certain that a diagnosis of arthritis brings with it its own set of challenges, and performing seemingly simple tasks, such as writing, is one of them. The pain and stiffness in your hands and fingers can cause pain when you grip a pen to write. Think about using a scientifically-designed ergonomic pen. The UGLee Pen has also been called the Comfort Pen. It’s true! This is because you don’t actually have to grip this pen – it grips you! And this makes for a comfortable and relaxing writing experience, even with the challenges brought on by arthritis.

Read more about the Amsterdam study.

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