In a nutshell
This study aimed to investigate the association between thyroid hormones and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). This study found that there is a link between thyroid hormones and the severity of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in BPH.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. BPH can impede the flow of urine. This leads to lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) such as dribbling of urine and a feeling of incomplete bladder emptying. Thyroid hormones are two hormones produced and released by the thyroid gland. They are involved in all metabolic and growth functions of the body.
It is unknown if these hormones have an effect on BPH.
Methods & findings
This study included 5708 men. LUTS and BPH were assessed using scores and questionnaires. Thyroid hormone levels were measured. TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) and T4 (the active thyroid hormone) were measured. They were put into four groups based on their hormone levels. Q1 had the lowest level. Q4 had the highest level.
Patients in Q4 had a higher LUTS score than those in other groups. Prostate volume was highest in this group. In men who had an above average level of testosterone, T4 was linked to a larger prostate volume.
The bottom line
This study found that there is a link between thyroid hormone levels and severity of LUTS.
The fine print
This study included patients from a single hospital. Further studies are needed with a more diverse population of men for more conclusive evidence.
Published By :
The world journal of men’s health
Jan 04, 2019
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