Hashimoto thyroiditis, otherwise known chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is the most common cause of underactive thyroid disease, or hypothyroidism, in the United States. It affects more than 15 million people in the US and tends to be seen more frequently in women, but men can also be affected. Hashimoto thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition, which means that the immune system has been triggered to start working again the thyroid gland and can potentially decrease its function.
What are the symptoms?
Some persons do not experience any symptoms but some of the possible symptoms can include:
- Fatigue, even after a good night’s sleep
- Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
- Feeling cold
- Hoarseness or voice changes
- Dry skin and hair, brittle nails
- Muscle aches and/or joint pains
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Elevated LDL cholesterol
How is it diagnosed?
The main way that Hashimoto thyroiditis is diagnosed is by finding antibodies in the blood – anti-thyroid peroxidase antibodies (antiTPO) and/or thyroglobulin antibodies (TgAbs). Antibodies are a reflection of the immune system working against thyroid tissue.
What are some of the treatment options?
There are many dietary and supplemental options for the treatment of Hashimoto thyroiditis. In fact, the gut plays a huge part in this process. Some persons may require thyroid hormone replacement, either synthetic or more natural options, which are known as dessicated thyroid hormone.
At Metabolic Center for Wellness we develop a personalized approach that take into account all of these factors for the best results for the treatment of Hashimoto thyroiditis.