Hashimoto’s is The Number One Cause of an Underactive Thyroid

Hashimoto’s cause

Hashimoto’s is the #1 cause of an underactive thyroid, accounting for 90%- 97% of cases of hypothyroidism. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition that results in the immune system attacking the thyroid gland. This attack causes damage to the thyroid, eventually resulting in the gland, causing it to lose its ability to make thyroid hormones. Hashimoto’s, and the autoimmune process, likely developed 5-10 years prior to the time you were diagnosed. In the early stages, the TSH screening test for Hashimoto’s often comes up normal.

In the later stages of Hashimoto’s, the TSH will become elevated, allowing doctors to make a diagnosis of hypothyroidism. Testing for thyroid antibodies can help a person determine that they have Hashimoto’s and can uncover the condition many years before there is a change in TSH. Detecting and addressing thyroid antibodies early on, before a change in TSH is seen, can increase the likelihood of improving symptoms and minimizing damage to the thyroid gland. The most common Hashimoto’s antibodies are Thyroid peroxidase (TPO antibodies) and thyroglobulin (TG antibodies). These are standard tests that you can ask your practitioner to order for you. I’ve also set up a portal where you can self-order these labs, if you are unable to get them through a practitioner or have a high deductible.

October 14, 2018

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