What is Hashimoto’s? The best definition provided by wiki.
This is a less comprehensive explanation.
HOW DO WE GET IT?
A few facts to include is that Hashimoto’s is the number one thyroid disorder in America. It is more common in women than men, seven to one. This suggests sex hormones play a leading role.
Other antigens are:
- A genetic pre disposition
- Excessive iodine exposure from certain drugs
- Radiation exposure
- Leaky Gut
There are many things that trigger this auto immunity. It’s near impossible to figure out just exactly how we get it, but we can cross a few things out & focus on the possibilities.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
- weight gain
- increased sensitivity to cold
- difficulty concentrating
- dry skin, nails, and hair
- muscle soreness
- increased menstrual flow
The pituitary gland produces TSH which is converted to T3 & T4 by the thyroid gland.
- TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) is a pituitary hormone that stimulates the thyroid gland to produce thyroxine, and then triiodothyronine which stimulates the metabolism of almost every tissue in the body. (wiki)
- T3 (Triiodothyronine) Triiodothyronine, is a thyroid hormone. It affects almost every physiological process in the body, including growth and development, metabolism, body temperature, and heart rate. (wiki)
- T4, Free (Direct) Thyroxine this converts into T3. Both of which are produced by the thyroid, the test measures the amount of T4 moving freely within the bloodstream. Some T4 binds to proteins in the body as some circulates freely. Testing for unbound T4 is more accurate than testing for bound T4. (wiki)
- TPO (Thyroid Peroxidase) is a frequent epitope of autoantibodies in autoimmune thyroid disease, with such antibodies being called anti-thyroid peroxidase antibodies (anti-TPO antibodies). This is most commonly associated with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Thus, an antibody titer can be used to assess disease activity in patients that have developed such antibodies. (wiki)
When your antibodies are above the reference range of 34, it is said that you hold the autoimmunity, Hashimoto’s.
25% of those with one autoimmune disease are likely to develop other autoimmune diseases. Dr. Gerald Mullin from Johns Hopkins says statistically somebody with an autoimmune disease is at risk of a total of 7 autoimmune diseases in his or her lifetime.