Part of: Ill Health and Disability

Related to: Cancer, Anxiety and Depression

Key Facts

  • There are 6,093 people (2012/13 financial year) registered with underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) in GP practises in Bath and North East Somerset
  • The prevalence rate of  underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) has been steadily increasing locally and nationally. 

Underactive thyroid, (also called hypothyroidism) -  means your thyroid gland does not produce enough chemicals called hormones.Common signs of an underactive thyroid are tiredness, weight gain and feeling depressed.

An underactive thyroid is not usually serious. It can often be treated successfully by taking daily hormone tablets to replace the hormones your thyroid isn't making.

An underactive thyroid cannot be prevented. Most cases are caused either by your immune system attacking your thyroid or by damage to your thyroid that can occur during some treatments for thyroid cancer and an overactive thyroid. 1

What does the data say?

Bath and North East Somerset 2

The prevalence rate of  hypothyroidism has been steadily increasing locally and nationally.* 

In B&NES  it has increased from 2.7% in 2008/09 to 3.1% in 2012/13 (financial years).*

The prevalence rate in B&NES is slightly lower than England which has had a prevalence rate of 2.8% in 2008/09 to 3.2% in 2012/13 (financial years).* 

Figure 1: Underactive Thyroid (Hypothyroidism) prevalence in B&NES and England GP registered populations (2008/09 – 2012/13 financial years) 3

*It is important to note that the above rates are based on the GP registered population of Bath and North East Somerset and so some of these people may not be residents of Bath North East Somerset. Nevertheless, the vast majority of people will be registered with a GP in their county of residence.