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What’s going on in Hashimoto’s?

Most doctors will say that thyroid disorders are common in old women. It is uncommon to diagnose a thyroid disease in women in their 20’s, but it is not to say it is impossible. Thyroid conditions are more prevalent than the medical world cares to admit.

Recently, a clinic in Wisconsin using advanced diagnostics conducted a survey. According to the survey, 13.4% of the general population has some thyroid disorder. Since they were using advanced diagnostics, they were not merely using blood markers. Instead, they were examining the thyroid gland tissue.

Thyroid antibodies can be used to predict the occurrence of thyroid disorders. So, another study collected thyroid antibodies data. They screened Grave’s antibodies and Hashimoto’s antibodies and realized that 27% of the population has these antibodies. This data predicts that about 84 million American will have thyroid disease at some point.

Thyroid disorders are more common in women than men. The ratios are 1:6 – in every seven new cases of thyroid conditions only one is a man. Hormones can explain this piece of statistics, as they are the main triggers of both Graves and Hashimoto’s. A woman is most susceptible to thyroid dysfunction at puberty, perimenopause, and pregnancy.

Earlier, it was made clear that an autoimmune attack requires three things, genetic predisposition, intestinal permeability and environmental triggers. Nothing much one can do about genes. However, the other two requirements are controllable. To avoid autoimmune attacks, treat and prevent intestinal permeability. Treating intestinal permeability starts by avoiding gluten. Gluten encourages the release of Zonulin, a chemical that causes internal permeability.

Also, genetically predisposed patients should avoid environmental triggers. These triggers include but are not limited to adrenal stress, blood sugar imbalances, specific nutrient deficiency, food sensitivities, and infections in the gut. An environmental trigger to take note of is stress. Both emotional and physical stress can trigger an autoimmune attack.

Fortunately, the whole autoimmune process is reversible. So, an autoimmune attack is not a death sentence.

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