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- New Rochelle, NY, December 19, 2017–Researchers now have a better understanding of the role that thyroid hormones, the tissues that produce them, and the biochemical pathways on which they act have in driving seasonal reproduction in some mammals, and how this new information may help explain seasonal changes in metabolism and mood that affect humans. The review article entitled "Seasonal Rhythms: The Role of Thyrotropin and Thyroid Hormones" is part of a special section on Japanese Research led by Guest Editor Yoshiharu Murata, Nagoya University, Japan, in the January 2018 issue of Thyroid, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers and the official journal of the American Thyroid Association (ATA). The article is available free on the Thyroid website until January 19, 2018
If you’ve long struggled with your weight – or just recently put on some unexplained poundage – you’ve probably wondered about the health of your thyroid. After all, while more than 12 percent of Americans develop a thyroid condition in their lifetime, up to 60 percent of those sufferers are undiagnosed, according to the American Thyroid Association. And since the thyroid gland is in charge of producing T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine), two hormones that, among other things, are in charge of setting your basal metabolic rate – the number of calories you burn every day just to stay alive – thyroid issues can easily trigger significant weight loss or, more commonly, weight gain, explains Dr. Peter A. Kopp, an endocrinologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.