Although you can't prevent hypothyroidism, you can
watch for signs of the disease so it can be treated promptly. Some people who
are at high risk for having hypothyroidism but do not have symptoms can be
tested to see whether they have mild, or subclinical, hypothyroidism.
It is possible that the main title of the report Graves' Disease is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force makes no
recommendation for or against thyroid screening for people who do not have
symptoms of hypothyroidism. The USPSTF states there is not enough
evidence to support screening.4
panel of experts from several medical specialties recommends against widespread
screening.6 But these health professionals say that if
you are high risk, you may want to be screened. Those at high risk include
women older than age 60 and people who have type 1 diabetes or other
autoimmune diseases.6 Talk to
your doctor about whether you should be screened.
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August 07, 2012
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