Hypothyroidism symptoms can lead to impaired driving similar to alcohol-induced DUI (driving under the influence). Hypothyroidism results from the insufficient hormone production by the thyroid gland, which can slow down many bodily processes including brain function. Until now, little research has been conducted on the extent of brain impairment and whether or not hypothyroidism patients are safe drivers.

Lead investigator Dr. Kenneth Ain said, “We found that hypothyroid patients being tested on a driving simulator had a similar performance to that of drivers with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit in the U.S. Physicians should warn their hypothyroid patients to avoid driving until they have been sufficiently treated with thyroid hormone.”

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