Hashimoto's disease is a type of autoimmune disease that attacks many Americans, as well as people around the world. This is also called Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
Autoimmune diseases are the diseases that arise from the body's overactive immune response to substances and tissues that normally exist in the body. In simple words, we can say that the body attacks its own cells. The thyroid gland then becomes inflamed.
This condition is more common in women than in men and starts mostly between the ages of 30 and 50 years. A certified functional doctor can help you in improving your condition.
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When antibodies interact with the enzyme, inflammation develops in the thyroid gland and the gland finally disintegrates. This leads to a condition called hypothyroidism in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones T3 and T4.
These diseases are diagnosed with a blood test to see where thyroid hormone levels are. Hashimoto was also diagnosed with an antibody test because it is an autoimmune disease. Sensitive TSH tests can often detect the presence of disease before symptoms appear.
If it's hypothyroidism, the person is given drugs that synthetically add T3 and T4 to the body. Most patients are told that they will take this medicine for the rest of their lives, but there are innovative treatments that can help eliminate the drug altogether.