Is Thyroid Dysfunction an Autoimmune Disease?
“Thyroid dysfunction. Is it an autoimmune disease? The answer can be both yes and no. The vast majority of the time a thyroid issue is due to an autoimmune disease. However, there are many different ways to express hyper or hypothyroid symptoms.”
What are common types of autoimmune thyroid disorders?
Thyroid issues are split into two kinds. Hyperthyroidism is when there is too much thyroid hormone created. This is most commonly expressed in Grave’s disease.
Hypothyroidism is when too little of the thyroid hormone is created. The most common autoimmune disease associated with this form of thyroid issue is Hashimoto’s.
What other factors can affect my thyroid hormone levels?
Apart from autoimmune disease, other factors can contribute to thyroid related symptoms and problems.
Consuming large amounts of raw vegetables can affect your thyroid hormone levels. Kale and brussel sprouts as well as some nuts, corn, and soy are examples of foods that can have this effect. Too much can lead to issues.
Pregnancy causes significant hormonal changes in the body. Estrogen and progesterone are some of the most well-known chemicals produced during pregnancy. What’s more, is that these hormones and others have major effects on the thyroid gland.
It should be noted that during the first 15 weeks of pregnancy, the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone often causes a significant drop in Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone.
Taking thyroid medication naturally has an effect on your hormone levels. Taking too much or being inconsistent in the time and frequency in which you take this medication can result in significant issues. Always take the recommended dosage of any medication and speak to your pharmacist or doctor about potential interactions and side-effects.
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Jay Goodbinder DC DABCI is a doctor in Overland Park, KS who serves patients in surrounding Kansas City areas, cities across the United States, and in several countries around the world.