The 5 Most Common Causes of Thyroid Problems

It is always important to take care of our body to prevent any kind of problems or diseases from happening. But to really prevent diseases from occurring, it is also important to know what causes these diseases in order for us to properly care for our body. Without knowing the cause, it will be hard for us to understand how these problems start and how we can best avoid them.

One of the most difficult medical problems to detect and understand are thyroid problems. This is because thyroid conditions and diseases have overlapping causes and symptoms. Some disease even causes some of the thyroid conditions that people experience. Doctors have yet to really pinpoint the root cause of these conditions, but there are several factors that cause them. We'll be discussing the five (5) most common causes for thyroid problems.


  1. Iodine Deficiency - The most common cause that is associated with thyroid diseases is iodine deficiency. This is because iodine plays an important role in the production of thyroid hormones. A lack or excess of iodine in the body may cause problems with the thyroid gland.
  2. Autoimmune Disease - Another common cause of thyroid problems are autoimmune disease. This is a disease wherein our antibodies attack the thyroid gland. This causes the thyroid to either produce more thyroid hormones or less of it. Hashimoto's Disease and Graves' Disease are the autoimmune disease that causes thyroid problems.
  3. Medication - There are several medications that have negative effect in our thyroid glands. Some medication causes the gland to produce more hormones, while other causes it to permanently stop producing hormones.
  4. Pregnancy (for women) - Pregnancy is another common cause of thyroid problems. The hormone produced by the body during the different stages of pregnancy can cause several thyroid problems.
  5. Pituitary Gland Disorder - Our thyroid gland is controlled by the pituitary gland, a disorder or problem with this gland will greatly affect the way our thyroid produces hormones.
There are still other several factors to consider when it comes to causes of thyroid problems, but these are the most common causes. It's important to know and understand these causes as this will help us in taking care of our body and help prevent problems in our thyroid. It is also important to have a regular check-up with your trusted doctor, especially if you're feeling something odd.

As they always say, prevention is always better than the cure.

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