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Can Men Be Diagnosed With Thyroid Disease?

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Can Men Be Diagnosed With Thyroid Disease?

There is a common misconception that thyroid disease is a women's health issue. While women are more likely to have thyroid problems, men can also suffer from this disease. The St. John's Health team is here to discuss some of the common symptoms of thyroid disease in men as well as the available treatment options.

Why Men Go Undiagnosed

Because men are less likely to develop thyroid conditions, men often go undiagnosed for long periods of time. Many doctors tend to overlook symptoms of thyroid disease and write them off as symptoms of depression, low testosterone, weight problems, or aging.

Symptoms of Thyroid Disease

It is important to understand the symptoms of thyroid disease in order to communicate your concerns with a physician and receive a proper diagnosis. Common symptoms of thyroid disease in men include:

  • Fatigue and low energy levels
  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Depression or mood swings
  • Heart palpitations
  • Increased anxietyMuscle weakness
  • Hair loss or thinning hair
  • Dry skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Low libido
  • Enlarged thyroid


If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to see your doctor for a proper evaluation. To diagnose thyroid disease in men, doctors will typically do a physical exam, including an examination of the neck area and blood tests. Your doctor may also use imaging techniques to get a better idea of what's going on with your thyroid gland.

Treatment Options

Once your doctor has diagnosed you with thyroid disease, they will recommend a course of treatment. Treatment options typically involve antithyroid medication to restore the hormone balance in the body as well as lifestyle changes such as dietary and exercise modifications. Surgery may also be recommended if your condition is particularly severe. Keep in mind that finding the right treatment may take time, but your doctor will be with you every step of the way.

With proper diagnosis and treatment, men living with thyroid disease can find the relief they need. If you have any questions or concerns about your health, reach out to the Ear, Nose, Throat, and Allergy team at St. John's Health to schedule an appointment with one of our providers today.