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Is Thyroid ‘disease’ an Epidemic? (previously asked in 2010)

The Daily Mail said one in five (20%)

The British Thyroid foundation say one in twenty (5%)

NHS statistics? - 1 in 33?? (3%)

Ooh btw – TUK are now linked on!

Incidence of HypoT (only) at my GP surgery – 2.3% (2009) 3.2% (2014)

I note TD is not on the list of long term conditions at my surgery.

(or 'helping you to help people with LTNs....' post on HU NHS England)

USA – more than 12% (over 1 in 8) – are they more savvy?

I suspect the figures vary due to being diagnosed or not, or in-between treatment.

But is it rising?

Are more folk becoming aware?

More being tested – more asking for tests?

Or are the factors affecting your Thyroid becoming worse?

Are younger people being diagnosed & treated without finding a cause? you bet.

I may have my sums wrong – please let me know & I’ll correct them J :D

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Hi I think more people are aware and being diagnosed. Years ago thyroid was never thought of unless extreme. Certainly I had it 20 years before being diagnosed., by myself!



I strongly believe its at least 10% but you should find quite wide regional differences because there are areas where its more prevalent

Also sadly the genetic predisposition is clearly strengthening not weakening since theres no other explanation for why my husband , our daughter and 4 out of 6 grandkids all have Hashimotos yet we cant find who my husband inherited it from

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Environmental factors may have sparked it in your family and many others, RFU. Once things like fluoridisation have set it off, perhaps it is passed down the generations. Aluminium pans were a wonderful innovation. Also tin foil. Who knows what other chemicals in our lives may be responsible for the epidemic?

Every time I posted the petition on FB another friend would comment to say that she had thyroidism too. I shared it at least 6 times. I didn't know any of them had thyroidism until they posted. We don't talk about it! And that doesn't count all the people who, as mentioned elsewhere on this thread, don't even know their thyroids aren't functionally properly. I post everything that comes my way about thyroidism on my wall now, just in case its helpful for friends struggling on Levo, or undiagnosed. So for most of my friends I am now, officially, a crank. Sigh.

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Sparerib, thanks for links.

Before the blood tests were introduced in the 60's people with symptoms were given NDT on a trial basis initially and dosed till well.

Nowadays doctors take no notice of clinical symptoms nor do they recognise them. They have been instructed to only rely on the whereabouts of the TSH level, rarely test T3 of FT3, so many people remain untreated until the TSH reach 10 (in the UK) if it ever reaches that number.

I, despite, many visits to GP and hospital never once had a blood test for thyroid hormones being diagnosed by a first aider. I was also ignorant about the Thyroid Gland.

Even today thousands remain undiagnosed either through not getting a blood test or the interpretation of their TSH, with ignorance of the clinical symptoms. Or might remain very unwell because doctor keeps the TSH in the 'normal range' but willingly gives other medications for their 'symptoms' when they actually need a decent thyroid hormone which suits them.

I think the internet has been a great way for people to finally get diagnosed, particularly Healthunlocked and


The Company 23andMe do genetic testing if you are brave enough to learn the results. Those who are find it helpful to learn what conditions may be inherited and then take as many preventive measures as they can to avoid the continuation of whatever disease afflicts their family. It is worth noting that if a disease is exposed in the testing it does not necessarily mean you will get it but helps you look at the possibility and prevention measures which perhaps previous generations were not aware of. It costs £125 to have this test done. When funds permit I will take the test, apparently there is a lot of interesting information coming out of these tests to fascinate families anyway.


I think its a case of more areas being fluoridated, there are clear scientific statistics to prove the link between thyroid problems and fluoride. There may be more cases or just that there is more reporting now.


Ahhhh Sparerib,

Perhaps the medical profession, in its busyness of going thru' the motions in "treating people" ( - with "abnormal" test results, for hypo-T & other conditions) would prefer to follow the Ignorance is Bliss maxim [ - in its limited consideration of the bigger picture ! ! !] ;o))x

We sadly have:

a) rising obesity rates, b) reduced productivity in the work place and

c) depression, overtaking back pain as the number one cause for time off work.

Is there ANY body/portion of the medical profession, including Public Health, SERIOUSLY considering that there may be a hypo-T EPEDEMIC staring us in the face, like a huffing, puffing bull elephant in heat ? ? ?

How about postulating incident rates in the 70s, 80s or 85% ( - with varying degrees of afflictions, from the mildest & hardly noticeable to the most severe) - and trying to disprove this (preposterous) hypothesis ? ? ? The well-known Popper(ian?) FALSIFICATION.

[But crusaders, beware: yours may be the "just desserts" awarded to Galileo !]

At one time it was thought PREPOSTEROUS that surgeons scrubbing up prior to operating had anything to do with the outcome of the surgery ! ( . . . and not out of shear malice, but just a rather arrogant and false self-assuredness !). And of course in that scenario there were plenty of other "credible explanations" to why patients died . . . . . as there are for a), b) and c) above ! [So much easier to say those with increasing waist-lines are mindlessly gluttonous, lacking self-control & activity/exercise-shy].

(Premediated) Ignorance is Bliss ? ? ? Perhaps not quite ! On-going COCK-UP, I prefer to conclude, rather than a CONSPIRACY ( - tho' I know of many who, in their greater experience/familiarity of this topic, would say both with more than enough of the latter) - see, for example:

An ACCURATE number of the people affected would be a GREAT help for public health decisions and deciding upon a credible strategy - anyone got the ear of our, CMO Dame Prof Sally Davies ? ? ?

[Sadly, currently, too many of us remain too unwell for such undertakings . . . . but someone surely needs to ?!?]

Take care !

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If you use wifi you are subjecting your body to pulsed radiation. In rats and mice this leads to lowered thyroid hormones, as well as lower seratonin and melatonin, increased cortisol (stress hormone), disrupted sleep and lowered cognitive function. Switch it off when you're not using it, definitely switch it off at night, and if you can, cable your whole house and talk to your neighbours.

For the published, peer-reviewed studies www., or the Citizens for Safe Technology website, the website of the organisation founded by Frank Clegg, the ex-Vice President of Microsoft Canada.

Incidentally Lloyds of London have refused to insure telephone companies against the health risks from wifi since 1999. Last month they extended this to any organisation or individual who is sued for health damage. They read the scientific press.


Thanks all for your thoughts. :D

Hypothyroid seems to be 3.3% in England (according to the NHS QOF database, link 3). More in land-locked counties do you think?

I shall go away and think some more..... Jane :D


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