Harvard Women's Health Watch

Could you have a thyroid problem-and not know it?

  Many older women have an underactive or overactive thyroid gland that doesn’t quite meet the criteria for hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. This is called a subclinical thyroid problem. A simple blood test can reveal a subclinical thyroid problem. Subclinical hypothyroidism often does not need to be treated. Subclinical hyperthyroidism is often treated to prevent bone loss and heart problems.  
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