Articles — Hashimoto's thyroiditis
As millions of people worldwide have been afflicted by COVID-19, physicians and the public have wondered whether this viral infection could trigger or exacerbate thyroid disease and whether people with thyroid conditions are more vulnerable to this viral infection and whether they are less likely to fight the infection
Patients suffering from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis have two reasons why they may avoid consuming dairy products. The first reason is that Hashimoto’s thyroiditis patients are more likely to have food sensitivity to dairy proteins, meaning that the immune system becomes reactive to the proteins found in dairy products. The food sensitivity will lead to the production of inflammation chemicals by the immune system when you eat dairy and inflammation chemicals can affect your energy, your mental and physical health. The second reason is lactose intolerance, which has to do with the genetically inherited inability to produce adequate amounts of lactase, which...
Vitamin D was thought, years ago, to be important just for the health and metabolism of bones. In recent years, it has been established that vitamin D has numerous functions in the human body and is viewed by many even has a hormone. One of the most important functions of vitamin D is a regulatory function on the immune system. In essence, vitamin D has the ability to modify and regulate several immune functions. For instance, it has been shown to protect our normal, healthy organs from immune system attacks, meaning, that it is crucial for the immune system to...
The two main forms of autoimmune thyroid disease are Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves’ disease. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a chronic inflammation of the thyroid gland that typically, but not necessarily, causes hypothyroidism. While Graves’ disease is a different form of immune system attack on the thyroid that often causes hyperthyroidism. While Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is much more common than Graves’ disease, which explains why hypothyroidism is much more common than hyperthyroidism, the two conditions may have similar genetic predispositions, and can both occur in different members of the same family. In many patients, however, the two conditions may coexist with one being...