Association between thyroid hormones and the components of metabolic syndrome

Jieun Jang, Youngsook Kim, Jaeyong Shin, Sang Ah Lee, Young Choi, Eun Cheol Park

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Background: Thyroid hormones are known to have direct and indirect effects on metabolism. Individuals with metabolic syndrome, a disease that is growing in incidence at a rapid rate, are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. The aim of this study was to identify whether significant correlations exist between thyroid hormone levels and components of the metabolic syndrome in the general population of Korea. Methods: The data were collected from the sixth Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys from 2013 to 2015. A total of 1423 participants were tested for thyroid function. The analysis of variance and multiple linear regression were performed to analyze the relationship between thyroid hormone level and components of the metabolic syndrome. Results: A positive association between free thyroxine and fasting glucose level was observed in patients with high free thyroxine levels (≥1.70 ng/dL, β=15.992, p=<0.0001), when compared with patients with normal-middle free thyroxine levels. Moreover, a negative association was observed between free thyroxine and triglyceride levels in patients with normal-high free thyroxine levels (β=-21.145, p=0.0054) and those with high free thyroxine levels (β=-49.713, p=0.0404). Conclusion: Free thyroxine shows a partially positive association with fasting glucose and a partially negative association with triglycerides in the Korean population. In patients with abnormal thyroid function, follow up tests for glucose levels and lipid profiling during treatment for thyroid dysfunction would be beneficial in terms of overlooking metabolic syndrome and to prevent related diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Article number29
JournalBMC endocrine disorders
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 May 21

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  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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