Living with Chronic Conditions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about chronic conditions.

Among what groups of people are hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism most common?

Women are up to 10 times more likely to develop hyperthyroidism than men, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

Hypothyroidism is also more common in women than in men, but it is common that people don’t notice the symptoms, according to the NIH.

Both thyroid problems become more common in people over 60, according to the NIH. The increase in older populations is often caused by thyroid nodules.

Older adults can sometimes be misdiagnosed with depression or dementia, when they really have hyperthyroidism because the symptoms change as adults age, according to the NIH. Older adults with hyperthyroidism can seem withdrawn and might lose their appetite.

For more information about who often gets hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, talk with your doctor.

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Source content: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Timothy Drehmer, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Pamela Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care

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