When in school, most people are taught that thyroid issues are mostly experienced by the elderly and they always shake it off waiting for it to attack those in early or mid – 90s. Surprisingly, most of them get diagnosed with the condition in their 20s. Thyroid conditions have become common regardless of age.
In a Wisconsin thyroid clinic, a recent study was conducted using advanced diagnostics. Not only were they taking a look at blood markers, but they also were observing the tissue on the inside of the thyroid gland. The study led to a conclusion that of the general population, 13.4% had Hashimoto`s and thyroid disease.
Another study of the general population was conducted that looked into circulating thyroid antibodies. At some point, thyroid antibodies are prognostic of bearing thyroid disease. Antibodies vary according with the condition, there being antibodies for Hashimoto`s and Grave`s disease. Of the general population, up to 27% have thyroid antibodies. In the states, that is about 84 million people who potentially have a thyroid condition.
Thyroid conditions are however frequently experienced by women rather than men. The ratio is for each man diagnosed with a thyroid condition, about 5 to 8 women are diagnosed with the same condition. Grave`s as well as Hashimoto`s disease are potentially triggered by hormones too. The onset of thyroid conditions in women may happen during the three peak stages in a woman`s life, that is; puberty, pregnancy or perimenopause.
One is either genetically predisposed, has intestinal permeability, a leaky gut, or an environmental trigger in order to suffer from an autoimmune condition. Other factors can be looked into that can be changed since it is impossible to alter people’s genes. The condition can be stabilized if one can restore the leaky gut and do away with the triggers. The autoimmune process can also be reversed.
The triggers may be inside or outside the gut and may be food sensitivities, inability to handle stress and much more.