Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune condition in which the thyroid gland is attacked by the body’s immune system. This gland is very important to us because it helps with the regulation of various aspects of how the body runs. Having something wrong with it can have a profound impact on our bodies.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis causes hypothyroidism, which means that there are fewer of the hormones from the thyroid gland present. The condition is thankfully rarely serious but the patient should be sure to get treatment. Treatment generally involves hormone replacement therapy, and the patient may need to continue this treatment for the rest of their life.
The thyroid gland is responsible for producing and releasing hormones that have a significant impact on how energetic we are. It releases hormones that help to regulate our metabolism, which is the rate at which we burn off energy. A higher metabolism means we burn more energy making us more energetic. Hashimoto’s disease will cause the metabolism to slow down, causing the patient to become lethargic and fatigued. In addition to feeling physically tired, the patient will also slow down mentally. In some cases, it can also lead to depression, which has the potential to be very serious for the patient.