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10 ways to reduce your risk of thyroid disease

Research has shown that smokers are more likely to develop Graves’ disease, a leading cause of hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid. Photo: Pexels

(Mary Shomon/ VeryWell Health) –– The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of your neck. When you have thyroid disease, this gland produces too much or too little thyroid hormone. 

More than 12 percent of people living in the United States will develop a thyroid condition at some time in their lives. Up to 60% of the 20 million Americans who have thyroid disease may not know they have the condition.1

There isn’t anything you can do to guarantee you won’t get thyroid disease. You can make choices that will reduce your risk, though. If you’ve already been diagnosed with thyroid disease, there are also things you can do to slow or stop the progression of the condition. (…)