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Thyroid Disease Apps That May Help Your Patients

Medically Reviewed By Kelly Wood, MD

Thyroid disease is one of those chronic diseases that relies on self-management, with symptom tracking and often lifelong medication adherence. Today, smartphone apps offer patients tools to help them manage their disease.

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According to the American Thyroid Association, more than 12% of Americans will develop some form of thyroid disease during their lifetime. It is likely that most of these people have a smartphone, as a recent survey by Pew Research shows that 85% of Americans own one. The pervasiveness of these devices has led to an explosion of mobile health apps, including apps for thyroid disease.

This article reviews some of the apps that may be helpful for your patients with any form of thyroid disease.

Popular thyroid disease apps and what they can do

Thyroid apps have a variety of features, with symptom trackers, medication reminders, and informational features. Some provide more sophisticated analytics that show patients the linkages between various data points.

Here are brief summaries from the websites of some popular thyroid disease apps available for both Apple and Android platforms in the United States:

  • ThyForLife: This app is for people with all kinds of thyroid disease, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s, thyroid nodules, and thyroid cancer. It is a comprehensive app that tracks bloodwork, weight, symptoms, medications, and supplements. It can compare data points and present them in a visual form. It can also show patients visually how one data point influences another. In addition, the app has a medication reminder feature, along with information about thyroid disease and its management. There is also a private community feature that connects patients to other people with thyroid disease. Virtual health clinic capabilities are being planned. The basic app is free to download and has additional features for in-app purchase.
  • Paloma: This app is part of Paloma Health, a concierge service for people with hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s. However, the app is free and only requires registration, not membership. The app includes lab and symptom trackers, diet guidance, recipe library, medication reminders, and information about Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism. 
  • My Thyroid Universe: This app is from the makers of levothyroxine (Unithroid) tablets. It is designed for people with hypothyroidism. Patients can track symptoms and labs, receive medication reminders, access educational articles, and explore recipes from health coaches and dietitians.
  • Eye Patient: This free app is not specific to thyroid eye disease. (A search of Apple and Google app stores did not find any apps specific to this form of thyroid disease.) However, it has some generally helpful features, such as appointment and medication reminders, eye health and eye condition information, and an eye care store. Doctors can create a free profile to connect with patients.

Things to consider with thyroid disease apps

Privacy and safety are significant considerations to discuss with patients who want to use a mobile health app. The app’s privacy practices Trusted Source BMJ Peer reviewed journal Go to source  are explained on Apple and Google app stores. Patients should pay attention to this information about app transparency. When evaluating apps, questions surrounding privacy aspects include:

  • What information does the app access that is stored in your phone?
  • Does the app collect advertising identifiers or cookies?
  • Does the app track your location or access your contacts?
  • Does the app share your information with a third-party company or database?
  • Is any shared information securely encrypted?

Patients can increase their privacy by disabling cookies and other identifiers, adjusting app permissions, and using ad blockers.

The bottom line on thyroid disease apps

Thyroid disease apps are useful tools that can support self-care and education for your patients. Encourage them to try one to see how they like it, but remind them that regular follow-up with you is essential.

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  1. General information/pressroom. https://www.thyroid.org/media-main/press-room/
  2. Mobile fact sheet. (2021). https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/fact-sheet/mobile/#who-owns-cellphones-and-smartphone
  3. Tangari, G., et al. (2021). Mobile health and privacy: cross sectional study. https://www.bmj.com/content/373/bmj.n1248

Medical Reviewer: Kelly Wood, MD
Last Review Date: 2023 Sep 21
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