5 factors that put you at risk for hypothyroidism
1. Certain factors can up your chances for hypothyroidism.
2. If you experience symptoms (tired, grumpy, overweight) and any of the below hypothyroidism risk factors apply get testing of your TSH, FT4 and Antibodies.
3. A family history
3. Hashimoto’s disease
Hypothyroidism is frequently triggered by this autoimmune disorder, which causes the body to attack the thyroid.
4. Other Autoimmune diseases.Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and coeliac disease slightly raise your odds for Hashimoto’s and therefore hypothyroidism. Why? Having one autoimmune disorder increases your risk of developing another one.
4. Radiation The radiation used to treat Hodgkin’s disease, lymphoma or head and neck cancers can destroy the thyroid.
5. Bipolar disorder ???
Researchers are still studying this link, but anti-thyroid antibodies are found more often in individuals with bipolar disorder. One theory: Lithium, a medication used to treat the mental-health issue, may interfere with thyroid hormone production.