According to statistics, men are five times less likely than women to have Hashimoto's disease. Doctors believe that testosterone, which "protects" the male body against thyroid diseases, is to blame for this. The likelihood of developing Hashimoto's disease rises if, for some reason, the level of testosterone in the male body falls.
What is Hashimoto's disease?
Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder. It develops as a result of an improper immune system reaction, which, for unexplained reasons, begins to kill the thyroid gland, resulting in hypofunction.
Symptoms of Hashimoto's disease in men
The symptoms of Hashimoto's disease in men are not much different from the symptoms of this disease in women .
- dizziness ,
- fatigue despite rest,
- weight gain,
- hair loss,
- feeling cold all the time
- potency problems,
- loss of muscle mass,
- reduced facial hair,
- infertility .
The tests, however, reveal a high concentration of TPO antibodies (at least 500) and a high TSH (over 2.5), as well as raised cholesterol and decreased testosterone.
Treatment of Hashimoto's disease in men
Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat Hashimoto's disease. It is taken on an empty stomach every day. The medication is usually well tolerated. The therapy is permanent, but it restores hormonal equilibrium in the body and eliminates all symptoms (including infertility).
The importance of diet for Hashimoto's disease in men
Diet in Hashimoto's disease should limit the weight increase that this disease frequently causes. It is therefore worthwhile to place bets on products that are low in calories and high in protein, as this speeds up the disease-slowed metabolism. As a result, you should consume vegetables or fruit 5 times a day, as well as a portion of lean dairy products or white meat every day. It is important to avoid overly processed, fatty sweets. A gluten-free diet is beneficial to many people with Hashimoto's disease, as gluten intolerance is frequently related to this disease.