Gender Ethnicracial And Life Span Considerations

Hypothyroidism is most frequently found in women between 30 and 50 years of age, although it may also affect infants, the elderly of both genders, and men. Some women experience transient hypothyroidism with pregnancy; generally, they may experience it again with subsequent pregnancies.

Approximately 10% of all adults have laboratory evidence of Hashimoto's disease. Some evidence exists that hypothyroidism may be higher in white females than other races and ethnicities. Hypothyroidism is most prevalent in elderly individuals; 2% to 20% of older age people have some form of hypothyroidism. Because patients with myxedema may have confusing signs and symptoms that mimic the aging process, it is often undiagnosed in elderly patients, which can lead to potentially serious side effects from medications such as sedatives, opiates, and anesthetics. No specific ethnic or racial considerations exist in hypothyroidism.

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