A risk factor is anything that increases a person's chance of getting a disease. Different diseases have different risk factors. Some risk factors can be controlled with lifestyle changes. Other risk factors cannot be changed.
Some risk factors for developing hyperthyroidism include:
- Graves’ disease
- Gender: women are more likely to develop hyperthyroidism
- Age: hyperthyroidism can happen at any age but is more predominant in people over 60.
- Family history: having a family history of Graves’ disease or hyperthyroidism increases the risk for developing the condition.
Having one or more of the above risk factors does not mean that you will develop hyperthyroidism. Understanding your risk factors will help you determine, what, if any, precautions and special screening you should consider.