What Is Hashimoto's Disease?
The thyroid gland is a gland that is located at the base of our neck at the front. We don’t usually notice it is there but still it performs a very important function in our body. This function is that it produces and secretes hormones that are very important for the running of our body.
These hormones play an essential role in numerous aspects of how our bodies operate on a day to day basis. If there was a problem with these hormones then we will likely experience various unwelcome symptoms. There are numerous reasons why this can happen, one of which is Hashimoto’s disease.
1. Hashimoto’s Disease
Hashimoto’s disease is a type of autoimmune condition that affects the thyroid gland. This means that the gland is being attacked by the same immune system that is supposed to be protecting it. It is not well understood why it happens as is the case with other varieties of autoimmune condition.
Hashimoto’s disease can cause the thyroid gland to become inflamed in a condition known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis. The disease can also cause hypothyroidism, which means that the thyroid gland is not producing enough hormones. This, in turn, can result in a number of unwelcome symptoms for the patient.