FAQ

How often should I be tested for thyroid disease?

Experts recommend that adults be screened for thyroid disease beginning at age 35 and every 5 years thereafter.

In addition, certain individuals are at higher risk of hypothyroidism and they should talk with their doctor about a TSH blood test. Talk to your doctor about your thyroid if you have:

  • An autoimmune disease (such as type 1 diabetes)
  • Pernicious anemia (low red blood cells)
  • A parent or sibling with an autoimmune thyroid disease
  • Neck radiation to treat hyperthyroidism or to treat cancer of the head or neck
  • Thyroid surgery or a problem with your thyroid (called dysfunction)
  • Had an abnormal thyroid examination
  • A mental health problem (for example, depression)
  • If you are taking amiodarone or lithium

Experts recommend that adults be screened for thyroid disease beginning at age 35 and every 5 years thereafter.

In addition, certain individuals are at higher risk of hypothyroidism and they should talk with their doctor about a TSH blood test. Talk to your doctor about your thyroid if you have:

  • An autoimmune disease (such as type 1 diabetes)
  • Pernicious anemia (low red blood cells)
  • A parent or sibling with an autoimmune thyroid disease
  • Neck radiation to treat hyperthyroidism or to treat cancer of the head or neck
  • Thyroid surgery or a problem with your thyroid (called dysfunction)
  • Had an abnormal thyroid examination
  • A mental health problem (for example, depression)
  • If you are taking amiodarone or lithium

A TSH blood test will reveal whether or not you have normal TSH levels.

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