The Development of Autoimmune Induced Hypothyroidism

Autoimmune Induced Hypothyroidism

Based on my research over the last four years, here’s a general outline of how the mechanism behind Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism develops.

1. The gut, which is the “home” of our immune system becomes imbalanced, (the early warning signs of autoimmune disease are often gut related, and may include gut distress, acid reflux, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, constipation). This may also be the beginning stage where fatigue will be seen as the body stops absorbing nutrients properly due to the gut imbalance. The TSH test will likely be normal, but thyroid antibodies will be present. This is the best time to act, as it’s so much easier to prevent damage at this point!

2. The immune system starts to attack the thyroid more aggressively (symptoms of anxiety, palpitations,irritability as the damaged thyroid releases hormone into the bloodstream). At this point, thyroid antibodies will likely be detectable, and a slight change in TSH may be seen.

3. The thyroid becomes severely damaged and scarred and can’t produce more hormones, and thus the person becomes hypothyroid (symptoms of hair loss, fatigue, cold intolerance, depression, brain fog, inability to lose weight, a.k.a. the “typical” low thyroid symptoms). At this point, a change in TSH is more likely going to be seen.

Unfortunately, most people are not diagnosed until about the third stage of Hashimoto’s, that is, if their thyroid problem is uncovered at all! In the person with the right genetic susceptibility, there are triggers or root causes, that cause an immune system imbalance, which lead to nutrient deficiencies, many symptoms and result in destruction of the thyroid gland so it can no longer make enough thyroid hormones. Thyroid medications aren’t enough for Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism!

September 10, 2018

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