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How can Hypothyroidism be prevented?

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Most cases of hypothyroidism in the United States are caused by Hashimoto's thyroiditis, which cannot be prevented.

Although you cannot prevent hypothyroidism, you can watch for signs of the disease so it can be treated promptly. Some people who are at high risk of having hypothyroidism but do not have symptoms can be tested to see whether they have mild, or subclinical, hypothyroidism.

Expert groups differ in their recommendations for screening:

  • The American Thyroid Association recommends that all adults be tested beginning at age 35 and continuing every 5 years.7 Older adults, especially women older than 60, those with a family history of hypothyroidism, and those with Addison's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, pernicious anemia, and type 1 diabetes should also be tested, according to these recommendations.
  • The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force makes no recommendation for or against thyroid screening for people who do not have symptoms of hypothyroidism. Its statement indicates there is not enough evidence to support screening.8
  • Another panel of experts from several medical specialties recommends against widespread screening.4 But these health professionals say that if you are high risk, you may want to be screened. Those at high risk include women older than age 60 and people who have type 1 diabetes or other autoimmune diseases.4 Talk to your doctor about whether you should be screened.

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Hypothyroidism can be prevented if we know how it generated. In most cases (after a small survey done by me, it is understood that) Hypothyroidism begins when the thyroid gland is weakened. The thyroid gland can be weakened when a person go through deep sorrows with tears and a pain in the throat where the thyroid gland is located. And during deep sorrow thyroid gland will be forced to produce more iodine, proteins, etc when thyroid gland need more iodine; and that lack of iodine during long deep sorrow with tears cause sever damage to thyroid gland to be weakened. Dr. William H Fray II and team found out that emotional tears contain protein-based hormones, prolactin, adrenocorticotropic hormone, and leucine enkephalin (natural painkiller) etc. And that can be the very reason why women (more emotional being than men) are more susceptible to the hypothyroidism than men. The reason why most of the children are not affected during childhood is, the thyroid gland is very strong and new and most of the time the children don't go under deep sorrow. Therefore, it is not hypothyroidism cause depression and sadness rather depression and deep sadness cause hypothyroidism and to be in depressed mode. Therefore be happy and to be happy.

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