Get a Thyroid Test

That's the new advice, from a respected group of doctors, for women 50 and older. Here's why

If you're like most people, you've never given your thyroid a second thought. Shaped like a bow tie and wrapped around the windpipe at the base of the throat, the thyroid helps regulate your body's metabolism much as a thermostat controls the temperature in your house. But if you're female and 50 or older--or love someone who is--you need to consider whether the old thermostat is still working. Last week the American College of Physicians, a conservative arbiter of treatment standards, recommended a blood test for thyroid disorders at least once every five years for all women in this age group.

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