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Obesity may damage the thyroid

December 3, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
If a child is having trouble losing weight, researchers say it may be part of a vicious cycle involving weight and damage to the thyroid.Italian researchers found obesity may damage the thyroid. This organ secretes hormones that regulate metabolism.

After evaluating 185 obese kids for three years, scientists found thyroid inflammation was common in these children.

Experts say more study is needed to show whether losing weight would normalize the thyroid.

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