Q: Can Men Get Thyroid Problems?

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Q: Can Men Get Thyroid Problems?

Yes. While it is less common in men than women, men can develop thyroid problems too. 

Women are 5 to 8 times more likely to experience thyroid problems compared to men. The exact reason for the higher incidence in women is unknown. But, experts believe it may be linked to the interaction of thyroid hormones with a woman’s normal hormone fluctuations each month and throughout different life stages. 

Because men do not experience the same hormone fluctuations, their risk of thyroid problems is lower.

In addition, many thyroid conditions are caused by an autoimmune reaction in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland. Women are more likely than men to develop an autoimmune disorder and therefore experience higher rates of thyroid dysfunction.

Risk Factors for Thyroid Disease

Common factors that put men at risk of thyroid disease include:

  • Being over the age of 60
  • Having another autoimmune condition such as type 1 diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis
  • A family history of thyroid disease or other autoimmune conditions
  • Having type 2 diabetes

Symptoms of Thyroid Disease in Men

Men experience many of the same symptoms of thyroid dysfunction as women. 

Common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue or sleeping issues
  • Weight changes
  • Hair loss
  • Mood changes such as depression or anxiety

In addition to these symptoms, men may experience sexual side effects such as decreased libido and erectile dysfunction.

Getting Treatment

Because men are less likely than women to develop thyroid disease, often their condition goes undiagnosed. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, talk to your doctor and share your concerns. Your doctor can order simple tests to check your thyroid and monitor its function.

Undiagnosed thyroid disease can lead to many complications, so don’t wait to get tested. Having a medical team you trust is essential for your health and well-being. Call us today to schedule an appointment to have your thyroid checked out.

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