Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I know that’s a mouthful to say!
You may be thinking, what the heck is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis? Well, it is an autoimmune condition that happens to affect the thyroid gland. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, although you may not have heard of this autoimmune disease it is actually the most common form of thyroiditis and also the most common thyroid disorder in America. You may have actually heard of this disease but by a different name, it is also referred to as Chronic Lymphocytic Thyroiditis or Autoimmune Thyroiditis.
This debilitating disease affects 14 million people in the United States alone. That’s a lot of people! Researchers have actually found that more than 95% of hypothyroid cases in the United States is actually a category of Hashimoto’s. Educating ourselves on how to identify symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and learning what can affect the development of this disease can help us to make better and smarter lifestyle choices to improve our overall health.
What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease where the immune system begins to recognize the thyroid gland as a foreign intruder and starts to attack it, leading to a destruction of thyroid tissue. This can be very scary because your immune system isn’t able to distinguish between the thyroid gland and virus and bacteria that enter your body. When this damage goes on for a long period of time, you may start to lose the ability for your thyroid to produce the hormone it secretes.
Your thyroid glands are located in the front of your neck and control your metabolism, meaning any condition involving your thyroid can impact your overall weight. In one case of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, a woman experienced extreme and unexplainable weight gain. She started at 135 pounds and increased to 275 pounds. She also experienced symptoms such as dry skin, hair loss, and face welts. Other possible symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (http://www.medicinenet.com/hashimotos_thyroiditis/page2.htm) include:
- Modest weight gain
- Cold intolerances
- Excessive sleepiness
- Dry, coarse hair
- Dry skin
- Muscle Cramps
- Increased cholesterol levels
- Decreased concentration
- Vague aches and pains
- Swelling of the legs
Can you imagine not having control over your body, and not being able to slow the number on the scale down? People with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis may also battle other autoimmune conditions such as type 1 diabetes or celiac disease. So add all of those together and you have a real health problem.
Environmental Factors Contributing to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
The amount of diagnosed Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis cases has been on the constant increase since the 1950s, making it one of the most common hormonal disorders today, along with the most common autoimmune diseases. Researchers have had a hard time concluding the possible contributing factors to this increase in Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis patients. The research they have worked on has concluded that about 70 percent of the risk for autoimmune thyroid disease comes from your genetic background and the remainder is associated with environmental factors.
Science has found that challenges imposed by our environment can trigger autoimmune diseases. One major environmental factor is air pollution in our environment. Air pollution is a major contributing factor to autoimmune disease. Unfortunately, exposure to pollution is becoming worse, with all the chemicals being used every day. It is much easier, however, to minimize one’s exposure to indoor air pollution than outdoor pollution. You may not be aware of all the different items in your home that could be tarnishing your home’s air quality. Below are some household items or products that you should be cognizant of in your home.
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Carpets can contain VOCs, formaldehyde, dust mites, and other toxins. All these chemicals and toxins get released into your home’s air. If you are having a bad reaction to these chemicals or they are making you sick, you may want to think of replacing it with a safer flooring material to aid your health.
Paints can be a hazardous chemical produced in your home. The fumes from the paint can permeate throughout your home, finding its way into your airways. Try using low or non-VOC paint in your home to minimize air pollution.
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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis can be a hard disease that you may struggle with and need support through. By finding things that irritate or increase your symptoms, can help you to start to feel a little like yourself again!
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