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Does Hypothyroidism Affect the Kidneys

Does Hypothyroidism Affect the KidneysIt has been proven that there are some interactions between thyroid and kidneys. If the thyroid gland can't secrete enough thyroid hormones, hypothyroidism will happen easily. Will it affect kidney function? Does hypothyroidism cause chronic kidney failure?

The function of thyroid hormones

This is one important hormone in the body. If the secretion of thyroid hormones is abnormal, a lot of health problems will present. The main functions of this hormone include:

- Producing calorie and regulating temperature

- Prompting the metabolism of sugar, fat and protein

- Influencing protein synthesis and cell growth

- Affecting the cardiac output and renal blood flow

How does hypothyroidism affect the kidneys?

From the above content, we have known thyroid hormones affect kidneys through influencing renal cell growth and blood flowing into kidneys. If the body is lack of thyroid hormones, renal blood flow will decline and the growth of renal cells becomes slow. As a result, glomerular filtration rate (GFR) drops. According to GFR, Chronic Kidney Disease can be divided into five stages. The lower GFR level, the more severe their kidney disease.

In addition to the loss of GFR, hypothyroidism can also induce glomerular basement membrane thickening and mesangial matrix expansion. That is to say, hypothyroidism can cause kidney disease.

What should we do with hypothyroidism and kidney disease?

The key is to accepting effective treatments timely. In clinic, doctors usually take both Medical Therapy and Food Therapy to overcome either of these two problems. However, it is still not easy to overcome hypothyroidism and kidney disease, and the treatment plan should be based on patients' medical condition.

You are experiencing either hypothyroidism or kidney disease? Please, don't worry. Many experts are always here to try their best to give you the most useful and prompt treatment.

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