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Need to check your thyroid? Maybe not
Need to check your thyroid? Maybe not By: Marcelo Campos, MD, Contributor As medical science advances, we have more tests and biomarkers available to help identify illnesses. Yet overdiagnosis and overtreatment that may occur following abnormal results can cause dangerous adverse effects and costly consequences. Hypothyroidism — a lower than normal range of thyroid hormones — may be the poster child for this problem because it is such a common condition.