Hypothyroidism, simply defined, is the thyroid condition that develops as a result of an underactive thyroid (the butterfly-shaped gland in the neck) that isn't producing enough thyroid hormone (thyroxine). Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is the most common cause of this terrible disease.
Conversely, hyperthyroidism occurs when the inverse is true and the thyroid becomes overactive and produces too much thyroid hormone.
Hypothyroidism is all too common in the United States, particularly with the rise in popularity of different exclusion diets. And although most people are told they will have to live with this condition the rest of their lives, it doesn't have to be that way.
1) There are currently around 20 million Americans suffering from hypothyroidism at this very moment (~60% of which don't even know they have it)
2) Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (the autoimmune form of hypothyroidism) is the most common cause of hypothyroidism of which around 10 million Americans are currently suffering
3) Graves' disease (an autoimmune disease) is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism in the US where the immune system attacks the thyroid gland causing it to become overactive
4) The thyroid gland controls just about every cell in the human body, which is why people suffering from hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid) and hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid) experience such a wide range of sometimes very debilitating symptoms
5) Hypothyroidism has been shown to cause heart disease - the #1 cause of death in America today!
6) Hypothyroidism sufferers have an increased risk of insulin resistance (diabetes) and it's been discovered that more than 75% of diabetics suffer from Thiamine deficiency (Vitamin B1) - no wonder they are so tired all the time!
7) 1 in 8 women will develop a thyroid disorder at some point over the course of their lives (which is 5 to 8 times the rate in men)
8) If you are Vitamin A deficient your body will be unable to use thyroid hormone effectively - so for those that use thyroid medication, it doesn’t really matter how much you use, without adequate Vitamin A, your thyroid medication won’t do you any good
9) 93% of all Hashimoto's sufferers are Vitamin D deficient and 94 - 98% of people suffering from hypothyroidism are Vitamin D deficient
10) If you can’t get the right amount of thyroid hormone to your cells or your cells can’t metabolize that thyroid hormone efficiently, then you will always be hypothyroid
Whether you're suffering from mild or severe symptoms, it is possible to break the chains of hypothyroidism. And in most cases, freedom is a lot closer than you might think.
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1) Rehan, Kelly M. "Hypothyroidism Facts & Tips." Kelly M. Rehan, The Endocrine Web, 27 May 2014, www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/hypothyroidism/hypothyroidism-facts-tips.
2) Bradford, Alina. "Thyroid Gland: Facts, Function & Diseases." Alina Bradford, Live Science, 21 April 2017, www.livescience.com/58771-thyroid-gland-facts.html.
3) The American Thyroid Association. "Graves’ Disease FAQs." The American Thyroid Association, The American Thyroid Association, www.thyroid.org/graves-disease.