Some individuals are more likely than others to become hypothyroid.

These include:

  •     women, especially those over 40
  •     women who have recently given birth (within 6 months after delivery)
  •     people with high cholesterol
  •     people experiencing depression
  •     people who have had thyroid disease before
  •     people with a family history of autoimmune thyroid disease
  •     people who have been treated for hyperthyroidism
  •     people who have had x-ray therapy of the head or neck for cancers or Hodgkins disease
  •     people who have taken or who are taking lithium or amiodarone

    people with nonthyroid autoimmune disease, for example:

  •         Addisons disease
  •         Type I diabetes
  •         Pernicious anemia
  •         Rheumatoid arthritis
  •         Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus)
  •         Vitiligo