This is Hashimoto’s Disease

This is Hashimoto’s Disease

If you’re feeling you lack energy and you don’t know why, this could be the underlying cause.

It sounds Japanese and the reason for that is because… it is. Well, at least the discovery of it was.

Hakaru Hashimoto first discovered this autoimmune disease back in 1912, and since then, it seems to be increasing globally.

What exactly is Hashimoto’s disease? It’s something that affects your thyroid, and is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States.

Anyone including men, women and children can develop it, and scientists aren’t entirely sure what causes it. More often than not however, it affects women in middle age. In fact, statistics state that women are 7 times more likely to get it than men.

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In people with hypothyroidism, the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, located just below your Adam’s apple. When it becomes inflamed, it’s difficult for the body coordinate many of its functions. This is because the thyroid gland is responsible for producing hormones that regulate many of the systems in your body.

Here’s the good news: the treatment of Hashimoto’s disease with thyroid hormone replacement therapy is usually simple and effective.

Symptoms of the disease include an increased sensitivity to cold, feeling fatigued and and sluggish, being constipated, losing your hair and much more. If you feel you may be at risk, talk to your doctor for a solid evaluation, and click here for more information.

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