Thyroid Disease Screening

Thyroid disease occurs when the thyroid gland, part of the endocrine system, malfunctions either because it produces too much (hyperthyroidism) or too little (hypothyroidism) thyroid hormone.


Schedule this Screening
*Screening availability may be limited by location.

Who is this screening for?

Women have a 2 to 10 times greater chance of developing a thyroid disorder than men. Adults who are over 60 as well as women who have been pregnant or have delivered a baby within the last six months are also at higher risk. Other at risk groups include those with a family history of thyroid disease, those who have been treated for a thyroid problem, those who have had neck surgery or radiation, as well as anyone with a vitamin B12 deficiency known as pernicious anemia, type 1 diabetes, or primary adrenal insufficiency.

Ages

Women, 60+

Frequency

Annually

Risk Factors for Thyroid Disease

  • Women have a 2 to 10 times greater risk for a thyroid disorder
  • Adults over 60 years of age
  • Women who have been pregnant or have delivered a baby within the last six months
  • Those with a family history of thyroid disease
  • Those who have been treated for a thyroid problem
  • Those who have had neck surgery or radiation
  • Anyone with pernicious anemia (a vitamin B12 deficiency)
  • Those with type 1 diabetes
  • Those with primary adrenal insufficiency

Thyroid Disease Screening Details

Thyroid disease screening is done with a simple finger-prick blood test. No fasting is required.

About Thyroid Disease

Thyroid disease, if untreated, can cause health problems ranging from issues with metabolism, cardiac and nervous system function, sleep disturbances, changes in mood, increased irritability, constipation, fatigue, and muscle weakness.

Warning Signs

Some symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:
  • Nervousness or irritability
  • Heat intolerance
  • Weight loss
  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Fatigue or muscle weakness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Goiter
  • Mood swings
  • Rapid and irregular heartbeat
  • Hand tremors
Some symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
  • Weight gain
  • Sleepiness
  • Dry skin/brittle fingernails
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Decrease in cognitive function

Thyroid Disease Screening FAQ

  • What causes thyroid disease?
    There are several underlying causes for a thyroid disorder. Blood tests, along with radiologic screenings, are the most commonly used methods for diagnosing a thyroid condition. Most thyroid problems, if properly diagnosed and managed under the supervision of your physician, are easily treatable through medication, radioiodine treatment, and if needed, surgery.
*Most of the time, screening results are normal, providing the customer with peace of mind. However, in some cases, such as the real life stories here, potential health issues are identified enabling the person to do something about it before it is too late.
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