- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis affects more than 14 million people in America. Women are seven times more likely to be diagnosed than men according to the latest medical research. The autoimmune disease causes your body to attack its own tissue, including your thyroid.
This can cause major health problem since your thyroid produces certain hormones. With this autoimmune disease, your body can not produce enough hormones to function correctly. The thyroid is in charge of making hormones that control your heart rate and metabolism. This is why thyroid issues can cause extreme weight gain or loss and other health issues. Other symptoms include having a swollen neck.
Other symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis disease include:
- Weight gain
- Slow heart rate
- Difficulty getting pregnant
- Joint pain
- Hair loss
- Irregular periods
Many doctors and scientists are unsure about what exactly causes Hashimoto’s disease. However, research shows some factors – like genetics – play a key role. For example, people who are diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis typically have family members who also suffer from the same illness. Hormones are also a contributing factor. New mothers are more likely to experience issues with their thyroid within the first year after having a child.
If it is hard for you to lose weight despite eating healthy meals and getting frequent exercise, you should talk with a healthcare provider. They can run different tests and let you know if you have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Luckily some of the symptoms may eventually go away over time. More than 20% of women will experience thyroid issues at some time in their lives, especially as they get older.
Although there is no cure for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, there are certain things you can do to help relieve your symptoms. Consult a physician or healthcare personnel about a treatment plan. They may prescribe pills that can help regulate your hormones and metabolic rate. You can also help your thyroid with a gluten-free diet, in addition to any thyroid hormone treatments. This is a great way to take control of your health if you prefer a more natural approach. Unfortunately, some people are not aware that they have a strong intolerance to gluten and their body can’t process it. There are many studies conducted by researchers that show a strong link between gluten intolerance and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
Why does this happen, you may ask? This is because gluten’s molecular proteins closely resembles the molecules found inside the thyroid. When the protein enters your bloodstream, your body develops antibodies to destroys it. Since your body can’t distinguish the difference between the two molecules, it can attack your thyroid tissue by mistake. This happens every time you eat gluten. The scary thing is that this type of reaction can last up to 6 months! So every single time you eat food with gluten it may affect your health for almost half a year. Although a gluten-free diet may be difficult to adjust to at first, it can have a powerful effect on your health over the long run.
Luckily, there are many healthy and delicious alternatives for people who want to remove gluten from their life. For example, if you decide to stop using wheat flour, you can use almond flour, coconut flour and hazelnut flour instead as alternative options.
If your health is at risk, you should seriously consider trying a gluten-free diet. When you decide to take control of your life and watch what you eat, you will feel better. A gluten-free diet is a great way to help your hormones stabilize and gain more energy during the day.
Please contact us today for more information about Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Dr. Allie can review your case during a consultation and discuss ways to improve your health.
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