Many experts think hypothyroidism is under-diagnosed.

By Melanie Haiken
January 11, 2019

Some experts say a woman over 35 has a 30 percent chance of developing a thyroid disorder. One simple explanation is that today's more sensitive and sophisticated tests catch the ailment sooner, leading to more diagnoses. But even if that's true many experts think hypothyroidism is under-diagnosed, and researchers don't know why. Possible explanations include:

Stress

Its everywhere these days. Many thyroidologists recommend that patients try yoga, meditation, and other stress-reducers. Some experts believe that finding healthy ways to cope with stress might help prevent immune-system attacks like Hashimoto's thyroiditis, the most frequent cause of hypothyroidism, or at least slow its onset.

RELATED: 19 Signs Your Thyroid Isn’t Working Right

Environmental toxins

Chemicals that disrupt the body's endocrine system may be throwing peoples hormones out of whack. An American Thyroid Association investigative meeting in the spring tackled the topic of environmental effects on the thyroid.

Nutritional deficiencies and/or imbalances

Too much or too little iodine, selenium deficiency from soil, fluoride in water, and too much soy in todays diet may be culprits.

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