Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Overview

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is a form of inflammation of the thyroid gland (thyroiditis) leading to the under-production of thyroid hormone. It is a chronic form of hypothyroidism, also known as under-active thyroid disease. It is also called Hashimoto’s Disease. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is the most common form of hypothyroidism. (The opposite of hypothyroidism is hyperthyroidism, where there is too much thyroid hormone.) The symptoms of hypothyroidism are due to a slow-down in the body’s metabolism from low thyroid hormone. Symptoms are often mild or vague, and may include weight gain, tiredness, fatigue, lack of energy, and other similar symptoms. A goiter may also appear in the neck area.

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