The thyroid gland is the most common site for autoimmune attack and oftentimes the first sign of the development of an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is a condition in which your immune system is creating antibodies that are attacking your own tissue. So the problem is not with the thyroid gland, rather its an immune system problem.
Hashimoto's disease is considered the most prevalent autoimmune disorder in the United States. Hashimoto's disease has been found to be the mechanism for hypothyroidism in 90% of the cases in the US. Unfortunately your doctor is mostly likely not ordering proper lab work to determine if you thyroid disorder is due to a autoimmunity. Antibody testing includes checking for TPO and Thyroglobulin antibodies, which Dr. Woyak always orders for patients. Common causes for autoimmunity include the following:
• Chronic infections (bacterial and viral)
• Chronic inflammation
• Hormone imbalances
• Pesticide exposure
• Heavy metals
• Blood sugar imbalances
• Food sensitivities
• Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
• Certain medications
No two patients are alike. Which is why we conduct proper testing and evaluation to determine why you are having your thyroid symptoms.