Hashimoto’s Disease isn’t mysterious but can be deadly if left untreated. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is extremely important to your body’s metabolic function. When it isn’t working properly, you need treatment right away. Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa takes a holistic approach to Hashimoto’s Disease at our state-of-the-art clinic in Peoria. Read on to learn more about Hashimoto’s.

A man feeling fatigued while at work

What Are the Symptoms?

Hashimoto’s Disease causes your thyroid gland to under-function, so the symptoms are the same for both. These symptoms include fatigue, feeling overly cold, constipation, a pale and puffy face, hair loss, and many more. The danger with this disease is that you don’t always experience these symptoms at first, but they grow over time. You should contact your doctor at the first sign of any of these symptoms.

A woman getting an ultrasound of her thyroid gland

What Is the Cause?

Doctors don’t really know the cause of Hashimoto’s Disease. Many believe that bacteria or a virus triggers the disease. Other doctors believe that this disease is a flaw in the genetic code of some individuals. The most likely cause results from a combination of reasons, including heredity, age, and gender. Regardless, the disease is serious and requires proper treatment.

A doctor feeling the thyroid gland of a female patient

Who Does It Affect?

Research shows that middle-aged women are the most likely to contract Hashimoto’s Disease. However, the disease does affect men, younger adults of both genders, and even children. You are at higher risk if a family member has a thyroid gland issue or exposure to high amounts of environmental radiation. The chances of contracting Hashimoto’s Disease grow if you have another autoimmune disorder, such as lupus.

A doctor showing a patient a model of a thyroid gland

What Is the Treatment?

Most thyroid disorders receive hormone therapy as treatment. The holistic approach utilizes bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, diet, and exercise to keep hormone levels steady. Tests to check hormone levels occur every 6-8 weeks to ensure that your body maintains its hormonal balance. Even with treatment, hormone levels change rapidly and require frequent checks to keep things in sync.

Hashimoto’s Disease is easily treatable once diagnosed. Lifestyle changes and hormone therapy can give you a regular life, as long as you keep up with treatment. Senara’s functional medicine clinic can help you with natural treatment options that coincide with your normal activities. Contact our office today to request an appointment.