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Risk Factors for Hypothyroidism

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Risk Factors for Hypothyroidism

A risk factor is something that raises the chances of getting a health problem. A person can get hypothyroidism with or without the ones listed below. The chances of getting it are greater in people who have many.

This problem is more common in women and people who are over 65 years of age. It is also more common in people who have other people in their family who have it.

Health problems that can raise the risk are:


  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/endocrine-diseases/hypothyroidism. Accessed May 4, 2022.
  • Hypothyroidism in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/hypothyroidism-in-adults. Accessed May 4, 2022.


  • James P. Cornell, MD
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