Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Facts and Tips
- Hashimoto's thyroiditis affects 14 million people in the United States alone,1 making it not only the most common form of thyroiditis but also the most common thyroid disorder in America.
- Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder. These types of disorders are caused by a malfunction in your immune system. Doctors aren't sure what causes autoimmune disorders to occur.
- The main risk factor for developing Hashimoto's thyroiditis is having a pre-existing autoimmune condition, such as type 1diabetes.
- Women are 7 times more likely to have Hashimoto's thyroiditis than men.1.
- Hypothyroidism and goiters are common symptoms associated with Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
- If you have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, you are at a higher risk of developing other autoimmune disorders and, to a lesser extent, a specific form of thyroid cancer.
- You cannot prevent Hashimoto's thyroiditis. You can, however, prevent the progression of the disease by recognizing the symptoms of Hashimoto's thyroiditis early.
- Thyroid hormone replacement therapy is the only treatment available for Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Fortunately, it's highly effective at managing the condition.
- Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Information for Patients page. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Web site. Available at: http://www.aace.com/pub/thyroidbrochures/pdfs/Hashimoto.pdf. 2005. Accessed May 25, 2010.
- Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Frequently Asked Questions page. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Women's Health Information Center Web site. Available at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/faq/hashimoto-thyroiditis.cfm#a. January 1, 2006. Accessed May 25, 2010.
- Thyroid Disorders: Thyroiditis page. The New York Thyroid Center Department of Surgery Web site. Available at: http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/dept/thyroid/thyroiditis.html. Accessed May 25, 2010.