Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. Hashimoto affects more and more people, mostly middle-aged women, but it can also affect young women, men and even children. Hashimoto’s often develops asymptomatically throughout many years.
What to look for?
Symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease:
Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
Fatigue and lethargy
Frequent colds and infections
Memory and concentration problems
Increased sensitivity to cold, feeling cold even on warm days
Pale, dry skin
Join pain and stiffness
Hashimoto – laboratory tests
Anti-TPO antibodies (Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody)
Anti-TG antibodies (Thyroglobulin Antibody) Antibody tests can detect Hashimoto very well, often many years before TSH increases.
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