What is my risk for goiter?


Your risk for developing a goiter depends on many factors. While goiters can be present in people of all ages, they are more likely to affect older adults past the age of 50. Women, especially post-menopausal women, are more likely to develop goiters than men. Some environmental factors, such as having taken certain medications, being exposed to radiation, or having a lack of iodine are also risk factors for goiters. Some autoimmune conditions that cause goiters can run in families, so your family history also puts you at risk.

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Endocrine System

Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.

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