Hypothyroid 101: Thyroid Awareness in the USA.

Hypothyroid 101: Thyroid Awareness in the USA.

Hypothyroid 101: Thyroid Awareness in the USA.

Hypothyroid 101: Thyroid Awareness in the USA.

  1.  5 % of US population has hypothyroidism.
  2. Levothyroxine  LT4 is the main treatment.
  3. 50% do not take their prescribed medication.
  4. 42,000 participants  7% reported they had hypothyroidism.
  5. Most  97% reported they took thyroid medication.
  6. 99% took LT4 or T3.
  7. Only 76% of elderly were aware they had a thyroid condition.
  8. Those unaware they had a thyroid condition had elevated TSH.
  9. Lack of thyroid awareness can cause increased hospital admissions, costs,and mortality.
  10. Males were worse than females.
  11. Those unaware had striking increase in subclinical hypothyroidism that the aware patients.
  12. Risks of subclinical hypothyroidism increase comorbid disease, medicatin errors, costs, and unnecessary dose adjustments, and other side effects.
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  14. Endocrine Practice  24(10) October 2018 p.932. Inoue K. et al
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