A Look Into Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – Educating Ourselves About Dangerous Diseases

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There are a lot of awful diseases out there and of course, none is to say that one is worse than the other. However, some don’t get enough attention as in people being aware of its existence and its dangers. Many might agree that the most scary diseases are the ones that happen at a level you can’t see with the free eye and that’s what Hashimoto’s disease is. This is an autoimmune disease and it manifests in multiple ways.  Basically what happens is that people who suffer from disease have their autoimmune system attack their thyroid, which leads to complications and problems. The thyroid is a gland that controls the hormone levels in your body, and it’s located in front of your neck.

What causes this disease?

There are multiple causes for this disease. Some are more obvious than others but all of them are just as important to list. Here are the reasons for which a person might develop this disease.

Hormones

Hormones are believed to play a big role in the development of Hashimoto’s disease. It has also been learned through studies that women develop this disease a lot more often and in larger numbers than men. This is what has lead specialist to think that sex hormones are directly involved here.

Genetics

The fact that many patients suffering from this disease also have other members in their family that suffer from it make it seem to specialists that genetics can also be involved in how the disease is transmitted. Between that and a massive coincidence chain, it’s much more probable that genes help transmit the disease.

Iodine excess

Iodine is required for the thyroid to secrete hormones and too much of it can lead to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. This can be the effect of too much iodine but also of consuming drugs. Large quantities are believed to be detrimental to the point where this disease is developed.

Radiation

This one is probably the least probable from case to case, but it’s a valid concern as specialists have indeed come to the conclusion that radiations are also responsible for developing Hashimoto’s disease. Its effects have been traced in a lot of patients from Chernobyl and the Japanese atomic bomb sites.

What are the symptoms?

There are many symptoms associates with this disease and it’s pretty hard to immediately trace them back to Hashimoto’s because they are quite generic symptoms that you can find in a lot of diseases and conditions ranging from harmless to very dangerous. Here are some of these symptoms:

  • Gaining weight
  • Face getting puffy and pale
  • Constipation
  • Hair affections, bristling and hair thinning
  • Pain in the muscles and joints
  • Heart rate slower than normal
  • Feeling fatigued
  • Being depressive
  • Menstrual irregularity

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