Thyroiditis is a term that encompasses many thyroid issues that stem from inflammation in the thyroid. The most common thyroid condition in the US is hypothyroidism caused by autoimmune thyroiditis also known as Hashimoto’s disease.
Hypothyroidism presents with non-specific symptoms including fatigue, weight gain, weakness, constipation, and depression. Some people may experience an enlarged thyroid or goiter which appears as a swollen neck. Left undiagnosed and untreated, the symptoms of hypothyroidism can worsen and in severe cases, may result in life-threatening coma.
The most effective way to screen for thyroiditis is by specific laboratory testing. If you or a loved one suspects a thyroid condition, it is best to get tested. Detected early, thyroiditis progression can be slowed or halted and daily medication requirements reduced or prevented.
Women are at a much higher risk of developing thyroiditis. Genetics play a significant role in thyroiditis, but environmental exposures and nutritional factors certainly contribute to risk. Thyroiditis commonly occurs alongside high cholesterol, diabetes, celiac disease, and other autoimmune conditions. Thyroiditis is a common treatable, often preventable, and sometimes reversible condition. Early detection, prevention, and reversal are key in reduction of daily medication requirements.
We have succeeded in helping many patients with thyroiditis optimize their thyroid function. If you or a loved one has thyroid disease or showing signs; please see a provider or contact us for a thorough investigation including laboratory testing and an in-depth review of the results.
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