The effect of thyroid disorders on lipid levels and metabolism.
Med Clin North Am. 2012 Mar;96(2):269-81
Authors: Duntas LH, Brenta G
Thyroid hormones regulate cholesterol and lipoprotein metabolism, whereas thyroid disorders, including overt and subclinical hypothyroidism, considerably alter lipid profile and promote cardiovascular disease. Good evidence shows that high thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) is associated with a nonfavorable lipid profile, although TSH has no cutoff threshold for its association with lipids. Thyromimetics represent a new class of hypolipidemic drugs: their imminent application in patients with severe dyslipidemias, combined or not with statins, will improve the lipid profile, potentially accelerate energy expenditure and, as a consequence, vitally lessen the risk of cardiovascular disease.
PMID: 22443975 [PubMed - in process]