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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 month we explore the difference between hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s.

By definition hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid fails to produce adequate amounts of thyroid hormones.

A decline in thyroid hormone activity then triggers a variety of hypothyroid symptoms. However, if you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism it does not necessarily mean you have Hashimoto’s.

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

If Hashimoto’s is not picked up early this autoimmune attack causes serious harm to the thyroid.

Left untreated this hypothyroid-immune system problem has a negative effect on day to day thyroid function. The thyroid produces less thyroid hormones and yes, you are then more than likely to develop an array of hypothyroid symptoms.

To Summarise, Is There a Difference Between Hypothyroidism and Hashimotos?

Hypothyroidism is the term used to describe an underactive thyroid. In contrast, Hashimoto’s is a complex autoimmune thyroid disease. The autoimmune attack associated with Hashimoto’s causes a steady decline in thyroid function which 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.

If your medical practitioner says your thyroid is normal it’s likely they have only done one test. They really should know better, but many think this is the only test that matters.

The single thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test is totally inadequate to check for Hashimoto’s. It’s therefore essential to get comprehensive testing.

If your thyroid antibodies are raised it’s the #1 sign that your thyroid is under autoimmune attack.

Click here to discover which tests you should discuss with your healthcare practitioner.

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