Association between subclinical hypothyroidism and severe diabetic retinopathy in type 2 diabetic patients

Nidhi Takkar, Jai Prakash Takkar, Navin Patil, N. Karthik Rao, Raghavendra Rao, Shubha Sheshadri, A. Avinash, Anusha Venkatesh

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This study was undertaken to assess the less-known association between subclinical hypothyroidism and severity of diabetic retinopathy in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Among 35 diabetic patients who were subclinically hypothyroid, 20 (57.1%) had retinopathy as compared to 21 patients (30%) in the euthyroid group, which was significant (p=0.011). SCH was also significantly associated with severe diabetic retinopathy (p < 0.001). Also, there were differences in TSH levels in different stages of retinopathy. As the level of TSH was increasing, the severity of retinopathy was also increasing. There was a clear association between the thyroid status and the diabetic retinopathy status of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)314-318
Number of pages5
JournalResearch Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2016


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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