Prevalence and Incidence of Thyroid disorders


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About prevalence and incidence statistics: The term 'prevalence' of Thyroid disorders usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Thyroid disorders at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Thyroid disorders refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Thyroid disorders diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalance of Thyroid disorders: 20 million Americans (NWHIC)
Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 13 or 7.35% or 20 million people in USA [about data]
Undiagnosed prevalence of Thyroid disorders: about 13 million (based on estimates from the AACE, as reported by Reader's Digest 1; estimated 8 million people (American Medical Women's Association)
Undiagnosed prevalence rate: approx 1 in 20 or 4.78% or 13 million people in USA [about data]
  Undiagnosed prevalence statistics about Thyroid disorders: The following statistics relate to undiagnosed cases of Thyroid disorders:
  • More than half of 13 million cases are undiagnosed in the US (American Medical Women’s Association)

Lifetime risk for Thyroid disorders: 1 in 8 women during their lifetime in the US (American Medical Women’s Association); 1 in 8 for women (NWHIC)
Prevalance of Thyroid disorders: About 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, including many who may not be aware of their condition.2

Prevelance statistics about Thyroid disorders: The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Thyroid disorders:

  • 27 per 1000 (NHIS95: "goiter and thyroid disorders")
  • 1 in 4,000 babies (NWHIC)
  • 13 million in the US (American Medical Women’s Association)


Footnotes:
1. Reader's Digest, February 2004, "10 Diseases Doctors Miss", page 120
2. excerpt from Thyroid Disease: NWHIC

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