Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body's immune system to attack the thyroid gland. This can lead to hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones.
Here are some facts and myths about Hashimoto's disease:
- Hashimoto's disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism.
- It is more common in women than men.
- The symptoms of Hashimoto's disease can vary from person to person, but they may include fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, hair loss, and depression.
- Hashimoto's disease is usually diagnosed with a blood test that measures the levels of thyroid hormones and antibodies.
- Treatment for Hashimoto's disease typically involves taking thyroid hormone replacement medication.
- Myth: Hashimoto's disease is only caused by genetics.
- Fact: The exact cause of Hashimoto's disease is not fully understood, but it is thought to be a combination of genetics and environmental factors.
- Myth: Hashimoto's disease is a progressive disease that will eventually lead to complete thyroid failure.
- Fact: Hashimoto's disease can progress over time, but it is not always a progressive disease. Some people with Hashimoto's disease may be able to manage their symptoms with medication and lifestyle changes.
- Myth: There is no cure for Hashimoto's disease.
- Fact: There is no cure for Hashimoto's disease, but it is a manageable condition. With proper treatment, most people with Hashimoto's disease can live a normal and active life.
If you are concerned that you may have Hashimoto's disease, talk to your doctor. They can order the necessary tests to diagnose the condition and recommend the best course of treatment.