Up to 30 percent of people in the U.S. who take medication to treat an underactive thyroid may not need it, according to a study published in JAMA in 2014. It’s normal for our thyroid function to decrease as we age, in fact, about 10 percent of adults over age 65 have an underactive thyroid compared to about 2 percent of the general population. Guidelines say that no treatment is usually needed for mild underactivity unless there are other symptoms, such as dry skin, fatigue, lethargy, severe constipation, and weight gain.
Source: Consumer Reports on Health December 2015
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