Who is at risk for thyroid problems?

 

Millions of people suffer from thyroid dysfunction, most especially women. You may be at risk for thyroid disorders if you:2,3

Have a family history of thyroid problems

Iodine deficiency

Have an autoimmune disease such as type 1 diabetes

Are over age of 50

Have a thyroid surgery

Have Down's or Turner’s Syndrome

Have prior history of exposure to radiation, or neck exposure to X-rays

Are of Asian or Caucasian descent

References: 2. American Thyroid Association. ATA Hypothyroidism Booklet. Falls Church, VA 2003. 3. Roberts CG, Ladenson PW. Hypothyroidism. Lancet. 2004;363:793-803.