There are many reasons for an underactive thyroid and the majority of cases are due to an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s (autoimmune thyroiditis) named after the Japanese doctor who first identified this condition in 1912.
So if you are diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and are not responding to standard treatment, perhaps consider checking specific antibodies (with a simple blood test):
TPO ag (Thyroid peroxidase antibodies known as antithyroid miscrosomal Ab) TG Ag (anti-thyroglobulin antibodies) These These antibodies attack your thyroid and can lead to a low thyroid function.
An overactive immune system can gradually destroy the thyroid gland. Hashimoto’s is often diagnosed in peri menopause and menopause but can start much earlier. Women are diagnosed with this condition about 20 times more often than men.
Treating Hashimoto’s can be a complex and long journey and often requires patients to commit to a radical change in lifestyle and diet. All factors are considered during a consultation and a tailored management plan created for every patient. To develop a plan, we would discuss:
- diet, and in particular gluten intake
- gut health
- stress .
If you have concerns about your thyroid please book an appointment to explore possible causes and best therapeutic approach