(NOTE: Don’t forget to check out the article on How to Live With Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis)

Hypothyroidism is a condition whereby one’s thyroid is not producing enough of thyroid hormones, which may occur because of thyroid gland being compromised.

However, in most cases, the condition is usually genetic. Some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism are a sudden increase in weight gain, fatigue, irritability and constipation.

Hashimoto Thyroiditis is a condition whereby one’s thyroid gland is attacked by one’s immune system.

This causes inflammation of thyroid gland and can occur suddenly or without related symptoms. This results to thyroid being destroyed as time goes by.

Outlined below are some differences between Hashimoto Thyroiditis and Hypothyroidism.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis:

  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis patients will see a rise in either or both of their thyroid antibodies while Hypothyroidism patients will not experience the same. These anti bodies are called anti TPO or anti-thyroglobulin.
  • Hashimoto’s patients in most cases will find themselves with the onset of other immune diseases especially as they age while the same do not happen to Hypothyroidism patients
  • Both people experiencing Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism may experience body inflammation, but the Hashimoto’s patient tend to have more frequent and higher markers of inflammation due to the fact that thyroid attacks itself.
  • Hashimoto’s patients must manage gluten intake especially in food while the same is not a necessity to Hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism:

  • Hypothyroidism is an under-active thyroid gland thus has many causes. while Hashimoto’s has a few causes
  • Hypothyroidism is treated by replacement of thyroid hormone with a drug containing thyroid hormone while Hashimoto’s can only be treated through operation that involves removal of thyroid gland.
  • Hypothyroidism is generally a disorder with your thyroid gland while Hashimoto’s is a problem within one’s immune system.

Risk Factors:

These are factors that increases someone’s chances of getting disease.

For Hashimoto’s, they include gender, and, in this case, women are most prone, age, heredity and radiation exposure. Differences in effect.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis can cause fatigue and sluggishness, increases sensitivity constipation, enlargement of tongue, excessive sleepiness, intolerance, joint pain and stiffness.

In extreme cases Hypothyroidism causes a puffiness around the eyes, slowdown of heartbeat rate, a reduction in body temperatures and at times may cause heart failure. It can also slow down the movement of food through your stomach and intestines.

Women suffering from the disease may have irregular or missed periods. Too little of the hormone also weakens the muscles used in breathing and reduces efficiency of lungs. This can further also cause unusual breathing pauses when the patient is asleep.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is the leading cause of Hypothyroidism in the United States.

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