Thyroid Health

Your Thyroid Gland Impacts Every Tissue in Your Body.

Signs of Thyroid Dysfunction

Underactive Thyroid (Hypothyroidism)

  • Fatigue
  • Dry Skin
  • Thinning Hair
  • Weight Gain
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Cold Hands & Feet
  • Mental Sluggishness

Overactive Thyroid (Hyperthyroidism)

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Weight Loss
  • Heart palpitations
  • Heat Intolerance
  • Increased Sweating
  • Increased Bowel Movements

Autoimmunity & Thyroid Dysfunction

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Graves’ Disease are both caused when your immune system attacks your thyroid gland, causing inflammation and tissue destruction. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis causes hypothyroidism. Graves’ Disease results in hyperthyroidism.

Causes of Autoimmune Thyroid Disorders

Autoimmune thyroid disorders can be caused by a variety of factors including genetic susceptibility, presence of other autoimmune illnesses, and environmental triggers such as:

  • Diet​
  • Stress
  • Toxins
  • Past infections

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: At A Glance

  • Most common form of hypothyroidism.
  • 5 in 100 Americans suffer from Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
  • Affects women more than men.

3 Stages of Hashimoto’s Disease

  • Silent Autoimmunity:
    • No Symptoms or tissue damage
    • Positive Antibodies​
  • Reactive Autoimmunity:
    •  Symptoms
    • Normal TSH
    • Positive Antibodies
  • Autoimmune Disease:
    • Symptoms​
    • Elevated TSH
    • Positive Antibodies
    • Tissue destruction

Not all Thyroid Panels can detect Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

Identifying Autoimmune Thyroid Disease early is essential to preserving thyroid function.  Allow Dr. Sarah Williams, here in Concord, MA, to help create a thyroid treatment plan just for you!

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