What Increases Your Risk
Many things may increase
your risk for hypothyroidism. These include:
- Age and being female. Older
adults are more likely to develop hypothyroidism than younger people. And women
are more likely than men to develop thyroid disease.
- Family historyFamily history. Hypothyroidism tends to run in families.
- Previous thyroid problems. Thyroid disease, an enlarged thyroid (goiter), and surgery or radiation therapy to treat
thyroid problems increase the likelihood of having hypothyroidism in the
- Some lifelong conditions.Type 1 diabetes, vitiligo (an
autoimmune disease that causes patches of light skin),
pernicious anemia, and leukotrichia (premature gray hair) are seen more often in people who have
- Iodine deficiency. This is
rare in the United States but common in areas where iodine is not added to
salt, food, and water.
- Medicines. Some
medicines can interfere with normal thyroid function, particularly lithium, amiodarone (such as
Cordarone or Pacerone), and interferon alfa (such as Intron A or Roferon A).
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 07, 2012
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