Thyroid function and lipid subparticle sizes in patients with short-term hypothyroidism and a population-based cohort

Elizabeth N. Pearce, Peter W.F. Wilson, Qiong Yang, Ramachandran S. Vasan, Lewis E. Braverman

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Abstract

Context: Relations between thyroid function and lipids remain incompletely understood. Objective: Our objective was to determine whether lipoprotein subparticle concentrations are associated with thyroid status. Design and Setting: We conducted a prospective clinical study and cross-sectional cohort analysis at a university endocrine clinic and the Framingham Heart Study. Subjects: Subjects included 28 thyroidectomized patients with short-term overt hypothyroidism and 2944 Framingham Offspring cohort participants. Main Outcome Measures: Fasting subclass concentrations of very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL), intermediate-density lipoprotein, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) particles were measured by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. TSH values were also measured. Results: Total cholesterol and LDL-C were increased during short-term overt hypothyroidism. Large LDL subparticle concentrations increased during hypothyroidism (917 ± 294 vs. 491 ± 183 nmol/liter; P < 0.001), but more atherogenic small LDL was unchanged. Triglycerides marginally increased during hypothyroidism, small VLDL particles significantly increased (P < 0.001), whereas more atherogenic large VLDL was unchanged. Total HDL-C increased during hypothyroidism (76±13 mg/dl vs. 58 ± 15 mg/dl; P < 0.001). There was no change in large HDL-C particle concentrations, whereas small (P < 0.001) and medium(P < 0.002) HDL-Cparticle concentrations decreased. Among Framingham women, adjusted total cholesterol and LDL-C were positively related to TSH categories (P < 0.003). This was due to a positive correlation between adjusted large LDL subparticle concentrations and log-TSH (P < 0.0001); log small LDL subparticle concentrations decreased slightly as log-TSH increased (P < 0.045). Among Framingham men, the only significant association wasa positive association between log-TSH and log large HDL subparticle concentrations (P < 0.04). Conclusions: There is a shift toward less atherogenic large LDL, small VLDL, and large HDL subparticle sizes in hypothyroid women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)888-894
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Volume93
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical

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