Older Adults With Slightly Elevated Thyroid Activity May Face Higher Depression Risk

HealthDay (2/21, Preidt) reports that research published online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, “older adults with slightly elevated thyroid activity may be at increased risk for depression.” Investigators “analyzed data from more than 1,500 people, average age 70, who were depression-free and had their thyroid activity assessed at the start of the study.” The researchers found, during “eight years of follow-up,” that individuals “with thyroid glands that were more active than average – but still within the normal range – were more likely to develop depression than those with lower levels of thyroid activity within the normal range.”

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— “Could Thyroid Activity Raise Depression Risk in Seniors?, ” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, February 20, 2014.

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