Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is one of the most common autoimmune diseases that affects women. In fact, autoimmune disease is the fourth leading cause of disability in women. I was diagnosed at the age of 29 after my doctor noticed a lump in my throat. This lump was a goiter. The thyroid, located at the front of your neck, produces hormones that regulate metabolism and energy in your body and is the organ most commonly affected by autoimmune disease. A goiter is formed as your thyroid gland becomes more damaged, and then the pituitary gland senses a low thyroid hormone level and secretes more TSH to stimulate the thyroid, which causes the thyroid to grow. This is a goiter. Continue reading “Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis”
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis over 15 years ago. This type of hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the thyroid tissue, resulting in decreased production of thyroid hormone. It is estimated that Hashimoto’s is just one of possibly hundreds of autoimmune disorders, which include lupus, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia and psoriasis.
What exactly is an autoimmune disease?
When people with healthy immune systems get a cold, a cut or any virus, the body’s natural defenses/immune system kicks in to help restore balance. Continue reading “What is an Autoimmune Disorder and Could You Have One?”
I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism over 13 years ago. Having an underactive thyroid can cause fatigue, weight gain and sleep problems. However, some people have hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, which can cause weight loss and sleep problems. The thyroid is a little gland that plays a big role in your body, and keeping it running properly with some key nutrients will make a big difference.
Some research has shown that as many as 59% of Americans have a thyroid condition of some kind. Hypothyroidism is the most common, and it usually crops up in women, people older than 60, and those with a family history of thyroid problems. Continue reading “Improving Thyroid Function”
Millions of Americans (mostly women) suffer from an underactive thyroid, but many are misdiagnosed, despite having common hypothyroid symptoms such as constipation, fatigue, weight gain, impaired memory, thinning hair, dry skin, sensitivity to cold, muscle cramps, infertility, elevated cholesterol and nerve pain. Because depression can also be a symptom, some doctors prescribe antidepressants, rather than treat for an underactive thyroid.
And, hypothyroid testing can be tricky in that a misdiagnosis can also be made when a doctor only orders a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test and does not run a comprehensive thyroid panel, which is necessary to fully understand what is going on with someone’s health. Continue reading “Hypothyroid Testing – What You Need to Know”
A recent study out of England has found a link between the amount of fluoride in public drinking water and a rise in incidence of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). The study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, compared 2012 national data on levels of fluoride in drinking water to trends for hypothyroidism as diagnosed by family physicians across England.
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland near the base of the neck that produces hormones. Thyroid hormones control the rate of many body activities, including how fast calories are burned and how fast the heart beats. If the thyroid gland isn’t active enough, it does not make enough thyroid hormone to meet the body’s needs.
The research found that in areas where tap water fluoride levels exceeded 0.3 milligrams per liter, the risk for having an underactive thyroid rose by 30%. The study, led by Stephen Peckham of the University of Kent in Canterbury, England found that hypothyroidism rates were nearly double in urbanized regions that had fluoridated tap water, compared with regions that did not. Continue reading “Fluoride Study Linked to Thyroid Problems”