This Is How COVID19 Is Attacking Your Thyroid Gland

As if things weren’t bad enough with the coronavirus firmly entrenched even in our psyche, doctors are now finding how it is mutating to affect us in different and new ways. In addition to the heart and lungs, it is now slowly encroaching on our endocrine system and attacking the thyroid which is a dangerous development that is scaring doctors. Given the fact that it is damaging organs like the liver heart lungs and more recently the kidneys, the new development is perplexing doctors at their wits end with COVID-1919.

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1COVID-19 linked to thyroid issues

The last development as observed by doctors in relation to how COVID-19 affects the organs was kidney damage. Young or old regardless, those who had no history of kidneys issues were displaying kidney damage after testing positive for COVID-19. Now what is even more worrying is the thyroid gland that could result in severe complications especially since the thyroid is part of our endocrine system and that could be amess with our hormones.

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2Thyrotoxicosis levels elevated in patients with severe COVID-19

According to the latest research published in the Lancet Diabetes and endocrinology, thyrotoxicosis rates are showing to be elevated in patients who have been afflicted with more severe infection of COVID-19 than those who may be also seriously ill but COVID-19 negative. It means as doctors say that this could be an atypical form of thyroiditis which is related to the coronavirus infection. This could also lead to a disruption of the body’s metabolism, temperature, growth, development which are the glands influenced by the thyroid.

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3Routine check and assessment of thyroid health is necessary in coronavirus patients

The researchers feel that routine assessment is necessary “We suggest routine assessment of thyroid function in patients with COVID-19-19 requiring high-intensity care because they frequently present with thyrotoxicosis due to a form of subacute thyroiditis related to SARS-CoV-2,” the authors write in the study. However, they also point out that those having existing thyroid disorders aren’t at risk of COVID-19. They write “such conditions are not a risk factor for SARS-CoV-2 infection or severity of COVID-19.”

First author Ilaria Muller, MD, PhD, of the Department of Endocrinology, IRCCS Fondazione Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy said “It is important to highlight that we did not find an increased prevalence of preexisting thyroid disorders in COVID-19 patients (contrary to early media reports), so far, clinical observations do not support this fear, and we need to reassure people with thyroid disorders since such disorders are very common among the general population,” she said.

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