Episode 55: Hashimotos Thyroid Disease

The Hormone Hub

27-03-2023 • 34 mins

In todays episode, I have special guest Tara Nelson, a Naturopath and very good friend of mine with over 30 years of clinical experience and a special interest in the treatment and support of thyroid disease, particularly Hashimotos.

Hashimoto's thyroiditis, also known as Hashimoto's disease, is an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid gland. The immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland, causing inflammation and damage to the gland. As a result, the thyroid gland is unable to produce enough thyroid hormone, leading to hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid).

Hashimoto's thyroiditis affects women more often than men and often presents around the time of big hormonal changes, such as postpartum (after child birth) or during perimenopause and menopause. The exact cause is not known, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors
Symptoms of Hashimoto's thyroiditis can vary, but typically include fatigue, weight gain, sensitivity to cold, constipation, dry skin, hair loss, joint pain, low mood and muscle weakness. Many symptoms that happen to cross over with peri and menopause!!
Tara and I speak about the difficulty in getting a diagnosis of Hashimoto's and what tests you should be asking for, particularly if you know or feel that something is just not right, and if you have a family history of thyroid issues.

The sooner the diagnosis, the sooner you can ensure appropriate treatment to support the thyroid and the immune system, and prevent further damage to the thyroid gland. With proper management, most people with Hashimoto's thyroiditis are able to lead normal, healthy lives.

If you’re wanting fill bloods and a thyroid panel  - ask for the following:

Full Blood Count
CRP + ESR
Iron study
Liver function
B12
Vitamin D
Blood glucose
Insulin
HbA1c
Thyroid panel including
- TSH, T3, T4
- Anti thyroglobulin (anti-Tg) antibodies - Antithyroid peroxidise (anti-TPO)

Thyroid support is certainly an integral part of the Well Balanced Woman program, but if you are looking for more specific thyroid support, you can learn more about Tara’s Ultimate VIP Thyroid Recovery Program HERE >> more.taranelson.com.au/ultimate-vip

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