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Is There A Difference Between Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s?

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Is There A Difference Between Hypothyroidism and HashimotosHave you been told your thyroid is sluggish? Are you concerned this could mean you have Hashimoto’s?

This post answers the there a difference between hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s?

Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid fails to produce adequate amounts of thyroid hormones. This decline in thyroid hormone activity triggers a variety of hypothyroid symptoms. However, if you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism it does not necessarily mean you have Hashimoto’s.

The Difference Between Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s

Hashimoto’s is a complex autoimmune disease that occurs when the immune system produces antibodies that specifically attack the thyroid. This immune response sparks inflammation and swelling.

Left untreated this hypothyroid-immune system problem has a negative effect on day to day thyroid function. The thyroid produces less thyroid hormones and the steady decline in thyroid function leads to a range of low thyroid symptoms.

How Do You Test For Hashimoto’s?

If you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, or you have been told your ‘thyroid is normal’ despite a long list of symptoms, you should get proper testing.

When a medical practitioner advises thyroid function is normal it’s often the case that only one thyroid test was done. Unfortunately many medical practitioners think the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test is the only one that matters.

The truth is, the single TSH test is totally inadequate.

If Hashimoto’s is suspected it’s vital to get a comprehensive thyroid panel done. In fact, I can’t emphasis this enough if you are worried about your thyroid health. You need to get proper testing. In addition, make sure your doctor orders a thyroid ultrasound to check for any abnormalities within the gland.

There are two specific thyroid antibody tests that should be done as part of a complete thyroid panel.

+ Anti-thyroperoxidase (TPO) antibody test.
Sometime referred to as the TPO test, it’s the most common test for autoimmune thyroid disease. If your TPO antibodies are elevated this is often relied upon to confirm a Hashimoto’s diagnosis.

+ Anti-thyroglobulin antibody (TgAb) test.
This test should be done too as these antibodies target thyroglobulin, the protein precursor that’s stored in the thyroid cells. Thyroglobulin is used to form thyroid hormones.

Like to learn more? Click here to discover which tests you should discuss with your healthcare practitioner.

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  1. I don’t have Hashimotos but have hypothyroidism. What supplements and/or vitamins can help improve my thyroid function? I’m in T4 & T3.

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