What Are the Risk Factors for Goiters?

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What factors may increase the risk of a goiter?

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Goiters can affect anyone, men and women at any age. There are various risk factors for goiters. Shortage of iodine People who don’t take enough foods that contain iodine have a greater chance of developing goiters. It often occurs in people living in remote mountainous areas where iodine is in short supply. Being female As women are more likely to have thyroid disorders, they are at greater risk of goiters. Pregnancy and menopause Women are more likely to develop thyroid problems during their pregnancy and menopause. Age As people grow older, the risk of goiters becomes higher. The disease is more common among people after age 40. Certain medications People with some medical treatments are more prone to have goiters due to the drugs they take, such as the heart drug amiodarone and the psychiatric drug lithium. Medical history Autoimmune diseases, like Grave’s disease, may lead to goiters, so a personal or family history of autoimmune disease increases your risk. Radiation exposure Your chance of goiters increases with any forms of exposure to radiation.   Keywords: goiter thyroid     Related FAQs: http://healthtopquestions.com/?p=5264   http://healthtopquestions.com/?p=5218