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Thyroid Diseases

Statistics for Thyroid Diseases

Data on hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism show that both are fairly uncommon conditions with each affecting about one percent of the population.

Other facts on thyroid diseases include:

  • Women are two to 10 times more likely than men to develop hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism
  • People older than age 60 have a higher incidence of thyroid disorders
  • Hyperthyroidism affects one in 500 pregnancies
  • About four to 10 percent of women have postpartum thyroiditis
  • Hypothyroidism occurs in three to five of every 1,000 pregnancies
  • Graves’ disease is most common in people younger than age 40
  • Graves’ disease is eight times more common in women than in men
  • Up to 30 percent of people with Graves’ disease develop Graves’ ophthalmopathy causing bulging eyes and vision problems
  • Hashimoto’s disease tends to run in families

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