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Quiz: Could You Be Hypothyroid?

from Mary Shomon,
Your Guide to Thyroid Disease

Could your thyroid -- the master gland of metabolism and energy -- be underactive?

As of 2006, experts estimate that as many as 59 million Americans have a thyroid condition, and the vast majority are hypothyroid -- and have an underfunctioning, slow or sluggish thyroid.

Most people with hypothyroidism aren't even diagnosed -- instead, they suffer various symptoms without themselves realizing that they are thyroid-related, or going to doctors who then explain away or misdiagnose symptoms.

This quiz walks you through some of the most common hypothyroidism risk factors and the frequently seen signs and symptoms of an underactive or sluggish thyroid.

After you've answered the questions, you'll get a rating, which will evaluate how many of your responses fit with the characteristics of someone who is at risk for hypothyroidism.

This helpful tool can be the starting point for your efforts to get properly diagnosed and treated for an underactive thyroid!


Note: This tool is intended for information use only. Do not rely on it to make decisions about your health. Always consult your doctor for personal medical advice.
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