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Who is most likely to get hypothyroidism?

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Women, particularly older women, are more likely to get it than men. You are also more likely to get it if you have a close family member with an autoimmune disease. Other risk factors include:

  • Being white or Asian
  • Growing older
  • Prematurely graying hair
  • Autoimmune disorders such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, Addison's disease, pernicious anemia, or vitiligo
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Down syndrome
  • Turner syndrome

SOURCES:

The Hormone Foundation: "Thyroid Problems."

Family Doctor: "Hypothyroidism."

MedlinePlus: "Thyroid Diseases."

National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service: "Hypothyroidism."

American Thyroid Association: "Hypothyroidism Web Booklet."

Women's Health.gov: "Thyroid disease."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 16, 2019

SOURCES:

The Hormone Foundation: "Thyroid Problems."

Family Doctor: "Hypothyroidism."

MedlinePlus: "Thyroid Diseases."

National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service: "Hypothyroidism."

American Thyroid Association: "Hypothyroidism Web Booklet."

Women's Health.gov: "Thyroid disease."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 16, 2019

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