Hypothyroidism continues to grow significantly in the country, particularly among women, awareness about the disease and its diagnosis remains shockingly low, a latest study shows.While one in ten adults in India suffer from hypothyroidism, a recent survey conducted by Indian Thyroid Society depicts awareness for the disease ranked ninth as compared to other common ailments such as asthma, cholesterol problem, depression, diabetes, insomnia and heart problem.According to the survey, the disease is more prevalent among women, who are three times more likely to be affected by hypothyroidism than men, especially those in the age group of 46-54 years. In pregnant women, thyroid disorders can lead to placental abnormalities and increased risks for the baby’s well-being.Since symptoms of thyroid are often similar to other disorders, diagnosis is important. However, the survey revealed only 50%, of those aware of thyroid disorder, know that there are diagnostic tests for detection of the disease. Awareness of thyroid disorder among pregnant women is found to be higher than among non-pregnant women.Awareness is increasing in metros like Delhi and Mumbai. However, in semi-urban cities knowledge about the condition continues to be low though the incidence of the disorder is same as in metros.There is a significant need for us to reach out and make people aware of the causes, symptoms, treatment and importance of testing for thyroid problems. Women are a key audience because there is a higher incidence of thyroid disorders amongst women than men. The women of childbearing age, during period from planning for a baby or once they are pregnant must make sure that their thyroid functions are normal.