Does Hypothyroidism Cause Diabetes?

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About 15 million Americans have unrecognized thyroid disease, mostly subclinical hypothyroidism (mildly underactive thyroid). Less than 2% of the U.S. population has full-blown (overt) clinical hypothyroidism.

Gender

Women have 10 times the risk of hypothyroidism as men, with the difference being significant after age 34. Because the symptoms of hypothyroidism and menopause can be similar, hypothyroidism may easily be missed.

Pregnancy is a major factor in the higher risk in women. It...

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