1. Health
Send to a Friend via Email
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

10 Things You Can Do to Prevent A Thyroid Condition


Updated June 23, 2014

2 of 10

Stop Smoking!!
10 Things You Can Do to Prevent A Thyroid Condition
Cigarette smoke has various toxins -- thiocyanate in particular -- that are especially dangerous to the thyroid, and can trigger thyroid disease in susceptible people.

Cigarette smokers also are more likely to develop thyroid eye complications of Graves' disease, and treatments for those eye problems are less effective in smokers. So, in addition to all the other health problems related to smoking, you can add increased risk and worsening of thyroid disease.

For more info on the connections, check out Smoking and Thyroid Disease.

And just in case you think I'm not sympathetic, I am! I was a smoker from 17 to 30, and quitting was one of the HARDEST things I've ever done. But I did it, and I'm glad I did! Read How I Quit Smoking. And don't forget to drop by About's site to help you stop smoking.

  1. About.com
  2. Health
  3. Thyroid Disease
  4. Symptoms & Risks
  5. 10 Things to Prevent A Thyroid Condition: Stop Smoking!!

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.