Risk Factors for Thyroid Disease

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Risk Factors for Thyroid Disease
« on: June 12, 2013, 04:21:27 PM »
Risk Factors for Thyroid Disease

Some of the key risk factors for thyroid disease include...
•   Female: Women are at greater risk than men.
•   Age - being 50 and above poses the highest risk of thyroid disease, though it can strike at any age.
•   A personal or family history of thyroid and/or autoimmune disease increases risk.
•   Surgical removal of all or part of the thyroid, or radioactive iodine treatment to the thyroid -- both which typically result in an underactive thyroid.
•   Being left-handed, ambidextrous or prematurely gray mean greater risk of autoimmune disease, including thyroid problems
•   Being pregnant or within the first year after childbirth
•   Current or former smoker
•   Recent exposure to iodine via contrast dye or surgical antiseptic
•   Iodine or herbal supplements containing iodine, in pill or liquid form
•   Living in an iodine-deficient area
•   Various medical treatments, including Interferon Beta-1b, Interleukin-4, immunosuppressants, antiretrovirals, monoclonal antibody (Campath-1H), bone marrow transplant, Lithium, amiodarone (Cordarone), and other medications
•   Overconsumption of raw goitrogenic foods, i.e., Brussel sprouts, turnips, cauliflower, soy products and others
•   Overconsumption of soy foods and soy isoflavones
•   Recent neck trauma, biopsy, injection or surgery
•   Radiation exposure, through radiation to neck area, or exposure to nuclear facility or accident, i.e., Chernobyl
•   High stress life events
Farhana Israt Jahan
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Dept. of Pharmacy