What is Hashimoto’s Disease and Who’s Affected By It?

 

man that is feeling unwellHashimoto’s Disease is a condition which primarily affects women but can affect men too.  It commonly arises post-pregnancy and is a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid — a small gland that’s located at the base of your neck just below your Adam’s apple. This tiny gland is responsible for making the hormones which control your metabolism.

“Its estimated that 1 in 9 women and 1 in 12 men have Hashimoto’s.”

There is currently no cure for Hashimoto’s Disease.  In very extreme and rare cases, it can lead to fatalities. It’s a progressive disease which over time causes damage to thyroid tissue.

Some symptoms relative to the effects of Hashimoto’s Disease are weight gain, weight loss, hair loss, always feeling cold, muscle pains,  fatigue, and depression.

Treatment for Hashimoto’s Disease consists of hormones.  Commonly, a prescription drug called Levothyroxine is prescribed by doctors. Side effects of this medication can occur and they include issues associated with the stomach and GI tract such as nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.  Additionally, fever and hypersensitivity can occur.

Living with any disease is challenging.  Hashimoto’s Disease is going to cause you to experience ups and downs in your day to day life.  It’s important to maintain a positive outlook.  It’s highly beneficial to live a healthy lifestyle.  You’ll want to incorporate exercise and healthy eating habits.  Cut out toxic foods and drinks such as fast foods filled with grease and fat and alcoholic beverages should be limited to only on rare occasions if you must. It’s not recommended to drink while taking prescription medications.

It’s also a smart idea to plan activities that are scientifically proven to help with stress-relief such as yoga, writing, walking in nature. Meditation has many study backed articles telling how it helps to ease stress which can help your body and mind to heal itself. 

woman in a yogic pose on mountain top

Stress-relieving activities and a healthy lifestyle are important approaches to living with Hashimoto’s Disease, but you should also take safety precautions such as telling your friends, family, co-workers, and anyone in your life about your disease so they know what you’re going through and how best to assist you.  It’s also a good idea to wear a medical bracelet that’s engraved to show your disease and the medications you take.  Medical jewelry engraving companies such as StickyJ Medical ID design trendy, attractive medical jewelry you’ll be excited to wear.

gold and black leather medical bracelet

Hopefully, this post helps you to understand a bit more about Hashimoto’s Disease and the people who are affected by it.  Please feel to write us a comment below with anything more you wish to add.

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