Hashimotos Disease and Hair Loss
Hashimoto’s is a disease that impacts the Thyroid. Hashimotos is an auto-immune disease whereby the immune system of the body starts to destroy cells of the body that the immune system were designed to protect.
Symptoms provide valuable information when it comes to determining whether a person’s hypothyroid condition can be attributed to Hashimoto’s
A patient would generally present with Hypothyroidism symptoms plus an positive serum antibody test. However, they may also present with fluctuating symptoms of hypo and hyperthyroidism. Also, if a patient is on thyroid medication for hypothyroidism , monitored regularly but still feeling worse, alarms bells should ring for Hashimotos – why, because immune regulation hasn’t been addressed.
What is Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism describes the SLOWING DOWN of the Thyroid Gland. Symptoms of Hypothyroidism Include:
• Feeling tired, sluggish
• Feeling cold – hands, feet – all over
• Need excessive amount of sleep to function
• Weight gain despite adhering to clean diet
• Gaining weight easily
• Difficult, infrequent bowel movements
• Depression or lack of motivation
• Morning headaches that wear off as the day progresses
• Outer third eyebrow thins
• Thinning of hair on scalp, face, genitals, or excessive hairloss
• Dryness of skin and scalp
• Mental sluggishness
What is Hyperthyroidism?
Hyperthyroidism describes how the body starts to FUNCTION FASTER because of an overactive Thyroid Gland. Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism Include:
• Heart palpitations
• Inward trembling
• Increased pulse rate at rest
• Feeling nervous and emotional
• Night sweats
• Difficulty gaining weight
How to test for Hashimotos:
To test for Hashimotos: thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO ab) will come back positive. Thyroid Peroxidase is an enzyme responsible for thyroid hormone production.
Although there are no hard and fast rules about what triggers an auto-immune disease, there seem to be more and more studies linking poor gut health as a main trigger. Other triggers for auto-immune diseases, esp regarding Hashimotos are gluten intolerance, estrogen surges (liver?), insulin resistance, PCOS, vitamin d deficiency, environmental toxicity, chronic infections, inflammation, stress and genetic susceptibility.