What’s the difference between hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s? Understanding this can help you achieve a lot of progress with your thyroid health.
Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland is under active and so not producing enough thyroid hormones.
In the vast majority of cases, hypothyroidism is a result of having Hashimoto’s thyroid disease.
In the case of Hashimotos, which is an autoimmune disease, antibodies attack proteins in the thyroid gland, causing gradual destruction of the thyroid gland itself.
Hashimoto’s disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism, causing 90% of all cases.
If you have been diagnosed with Hashimoto thyroid disease, you’ve probably been told by your doctor that it’s an irreversible chronic disease.
The good news, however, is that there are a lot of things you can do to improve or even reverse Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
Watch my video to discover more.
Hypothyroidism vs Hashimoto’s: Getting Diagnosed
The regular blood tests that your doctor will perform are likely to be only for hypothyroidism itself.
These tests usually include:
- TSH hormone test
- Active T4
However, these two basic tests won’t give you an accurate indication of your thyroid health. And they will not show if you have Hashimoto’s.
So you’ll need to perform a different, more comprehensive thyroid panel blood test to determine if you have both hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s.
This panel will include:
- Active T3
- Active T4
- Reverse T3
- Anti-TPO thyroid antibodies
- Anti-TG thyroid antibodies
- Ultrasound scan
If your tests show that you have both hypothyridism and Hashimoto’s, you’ll need to work on reversing them. We talk about it in this article.
Hypothyroidism And Weight Loss
If your thyroid gland is sluggish and not producing enough hormones, then you will almost certainly notice that you put on weight very easily and keep it on.
And if this isn’t bad enough, then you will almost certainly have to deal with some or even all of the other unwanted symptoms that go along with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s, including weight gain, fatigue and brain fog.
Yes, and with all these symptoms inevitably comes a lower emotional state. Anxiety, depression and typically a big sense of frustration is something that many people start to experience.
Your clothes are now tight to put on or don’t fit you at all.
You have little or no energy, don’t feel like exercising and as a result of less movement, you put on more weight. It’s a vicious circle.
So if you struggle with weight related issues due to your thyroid health, then it’s even more important for you to adopt the right plant foods lifestyle plan.
In fact, studies have shown that plant diets are associated with reduced risk of thyroid issues, whereas diets that contained animal products/omniovre diets were associate with an increased risk of hypothyrodism.
Watch the video above to discover more about how a Paleo diet can negatively affect your health and the health of your thyroid and leave your comments below!
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