Frequently misunderstood, and too often overlooked and misdiagnosed, thyroid disease affects almost every aspect of health, so understanding more about the thyroid, and the symptoms that occur when something goes wrong with this small gland, can help you protect or regain good health.
Thyroid disease affects an estimated 27 million Americans, but more than half are undiagnosed.
About six million to seven million of them are women older than age 40 who have under active thyroid. Only about half of all cases are diagnosed early because hypothyroidism usually develops ever slowly.
Seven times more often than men, women are at the greatest risk for developing thyroid problems. A woman faces as high as a one in five chance of developing thyroid problems during her lifetime. This risk increases with age and especially for those with a family history of thyroid problems.Read More