Lipid profile and thyroid function tests assessment in residents of a geriatric center in Hormozgan, Iran

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Maryam Tohidi 1 , Farzad Hadaegh 2 , * , Elham Boushehri 3

1 Departments of Pathology, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

2 Internal Medicine, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

3 Health Sciences, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

How to Cite: Tohidi M, Hadaegh F, Boushehri E. Lipid profile and thyroid function tests assessment in residents of a geriatric center in Hormozgan, Iran, Hormozgan Med J. 2004 ; 8(1):e90593.

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Hormozgan Medical Journal: 8 (1); e90593
Published Online: January 10, 2004
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 11, 2003
Accepted: January 10, 2004

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Abstract

Introduction: Aging may lead to increase or decrease in the level of total
cholesterol, LDL and HDL. Furthermore, prevalence of thyroid dysfunctions
increase with age in iodine sufficient area. The present study is designed to
evaluate lipid profile and thyroid function tests in a group of elderly population in
Hormozgan province.
Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 60 (19 females and 41 males) elderly
residents of Hormozgan elderly residence center were evaluated. After physical
examination, the level of lipid profile and thyroid function tests were measured in
fasting state. Kruskal-wallis and Mann-Witnney U test and Pearson correlation
were used for statistical analysis.
Results: The mean age and BMI were 66±11.6 years and 21.4±5.8 kg/m2. The
BMI of men was greater than that of women p<0/05. Prevalence of obesity
(BMI≥ 30kg/m) and low body weight (BMI<20kg/m2) were 10% and 25%,
respectively. Prevalence of Hypercholesterolemia (≥240mg/dl). Hypertriglyceridemia
(≥200mg/dl) and high risk LDL (≥160mg/dl) were 5%, 5% and 3.3%,
respectively. Although aging led to decrease in level of TG, Cholesterol level
and LDL in both sexes, BMI, HDL, cholesterol/ HDL and LDL/HDL did not
show any change. There was no difference in lipid profile value between persons
suffering from thyroid dysfunction and healthy population.
Conclusion: Prevalence of Hypercholesterolemia, high risk LDL and
hypertriglycemidia in this study was relatively low and it seems that aging,
independent of BMI has a decreasing effect on level of some plasma lipoproteins.
In contrast to other studies, the prevalence of thyroid dysfunction in this study (in
an iodine sufficient area) was relatively low.

Keywords

Thyroid Function Tests – Lipids – Adolescence – Hormozgan – Home for the Aged

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