Thyroid Disease

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Doctors continue to debate whether subclinical hypothyroidism should be treated or not. Yet, treatment has been shown to have many benefits.

Doctors continue to debate whether subclinical hypothyroidism should be treated or not. Yet, treatment has been shown to have many benefits.

Subclinical hypothyroidism, that I call low-grade hypothyroidism, effects a large percentage of the world population and is much more common in women than men and its most common cause is an immune system attack on the thyroid gland. I call it low-grade hypothyroidism instead of subclinical hypothyroidism because “subclinical hypothyroidism” means that this low thyroid condition has no bad clinical consequences, which is inaccurate. The term subclinical was introduced to the medical community in the 1960’s and has been used since. Since then, many research studies have shown that low-grade hypothyroidism effects cholesterol levels, contributes to cardiovascular disease, promotes weight...

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If you have hashimoto’s thyroiditis, beware of lactose intolerance

If you have hashimoto’s thyroiditis, beware of lactose intolerance

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...

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You may develop Graves’ disease in the future if you have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

You may develop Graves’ disease in the future if you have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

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...

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The vitiligo thyroid connection

The vitiligo thyroid connection

Vitiligo is a skin condition characterized by a loss of pigment in some areas of the skin. It can be limited to a certain area or more widespread. It is an autoimmune condition like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves’ disease. Even though patients with vitiligo have a genetic predisposition, environmental factors might be triggers or activating factors of the condition. Vitiligo affects roughly 1% of the population. Research has shown that patients suffering from vitiligo are more likely to have a concomitant autoimmune thyroid disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or Graves’ disease, as well as other autoimmune disorders including type I...

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