Lupus, Antiphospholipid Syndrome and Thyroid Disease
Posted Jan 28 2010 3:55am
I was reading through the article on LFA about APS and LUPUS and Thyroid. I have LUPUS, and one time tested positive on APS. And so with my weight gain, can I attribute it to a Thyroid Disease? I remember hearing that sometimes a person who is too thin and too fat has a thyroid problem.
Read through this article for some more information :
What is the topic?
The thyroid is a gland in the neck which helps the body keep order over how food and nutrients are handled and how fast people grow, gain or lose weight, how the heart beats, or how blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the blood respond to these changes. A protein called “thyroid peroxidase” helps to modify other proteins that the thyroid produces that perform all of these functions. Some people make antibodies (immune proteins) against their own thyroid peroxidase (these are called “anti-TPO”). People with anti-TPO sometimes have an underactive thyroid; this causes weight gain, fatigue, and a tendency to feel cold when other people around you do not.
The antiphospholipid syndrome is a blood clotting disorder where antibodies are made against proteins that help to control how fast or slowly the blood clots. Many people with lupus have the antiphospholipid syndrome, although it can occur without other features of lupus.