Woman at outdoor event, feeling better after treatment for Hashimoto's Disease

What Is Hashimoto’s Disease?

Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid and is four to ten times more common in women than men. About 5 in 100 Americans are affected by this disease.

What exactly is Hashimoto’s disease? What symptoms may you experience with this disease? Here’s a breakdown of the symptoms and a possible treatment for Hashimoto’s disease. 

What Are the Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease?

The thyroid is responsible for metabolism regulation which affects your energy levels and anything related to them. Other symptoms are less obvious compared to those tied to energy use. Some of the most common symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease include the following: 

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Thinning hair
  • Menstrual periods that are irregular or heavy
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Higher sensitivity to cold
  • Joint and muscle pain

Some rare cases include people who may have released more of a thyroid hormone with Hashimoto’s disease. In those cases, people may experience symptoms such as: 

  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Nervousness 
  • Increased appetite

Complications of Hashimoto’s Disease

A few heart problems can happen later in the course of Hashimoto’s disease. If you’re experiencing the previous list of symptoms, please speak with a physician. Similarly, if you have any of the following problems, seek help. 

  • Heart disease or heart failure
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Myxedema, a condition that slows your bodily functions until your life is in danger
  • Complications of pregnancy

How to Treat Hashimoto’s Disease

There is a solution for you if you’re looking for a functional medicine approach to the thyroid and autoimmune disorders. This holistic treatment searches for the root cause of the health problem and addresses them rather than focusing on the symptoms. You can be examined then a customized treatment plan will be created to treat Hashimoto’s disease. 

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