Risk factorsBy Mayo Clinic staff
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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