Although anyone can develop hypothyroidism, you're at an increased risk if you:

  • Are a woman older than age 60
  • Have an autoimmune disease
  • Have a close relative, such as a parent or grandparent, with an autoimmune disease
  • Have been treated with radioactive iodine or anti-thyroid medications
  • Received radiation to your neck or upper chest
  • Have had thyroid surgery (partial thyroidectomy)
  • Have been pregnant or delivered a baby within the past six months
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