Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid gland is gradually destroyed.
Over time the thyroid may enlarge forming a painless goitre. After many years the thyroid typically shrinks in size. Potential complications include.
H’s thyroiditis is thought to be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. If hypothyroidism is not present some may recommend no treatment while others may treat to try to reduce the size of the goitre.
Those affected should avoid eating large amounts of iodine; however, sufficient iodine is required especially during pregnancy. Surgery is rarely required to treat the goitre. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis affects about 5% of the population at some point in their life. It typically begins between the ages of 30 and 50 and is much more common in women than men.
Metal toxins might be the culprit. Add greens especially cilantro/seaweed and Vit C (lemons) in your diet.
Why more common with women than men. Our hormones settle in our fat tissues. We tend to have more fat tissues than men.