Hashimoto’s vs. Hypothyroidism: What’s the Difference?

What is the difference between Hashimoto's thyroiditis and hypothyroidism? This common question can be confusing to even veteran thyroid patients. Let's clear up the main difference: Hashimoto's thyroiditis is a disease; hypothyroidism is a condition. In the United States, hypothyroidism is most commonly caused by Hashimoto's thyroiditis, but the two terms are not interchangeable. Here is more information to help...

What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Questions and Answers

What is Hashimoto's thyroiditis? Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease of the thyroid gland. In autoimmune diseases, your immune system turns on your own organs, cells or tissues that it is supposed to protect. The causes of many autoimmune diseases are not well understood. While around 75 percent of autoimmune diseases occur in women, it remains unclear...

Hashimoto’s Disease Can Affect Quality of Life Even When Thyroid Is Normal

New research published in the journal Thyroid has shown that Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease and the most common cause of hypothyroidism -- an underactive thyroid -- in the U.S., has an effect on quality of life. Specifically, the study found that even when the thyroid levels are "normal," Hashimoto's thyroiditis can increase symptoms and reduce...

Cigarette Smoking and Thyroid Disease

When it comes to cigarette smoking and thyroid disease, there are three major questions that many patients have: What is the relationship between smoking and thyroid disease? Is it worse to smoke if you have thyroid disease? and Is it a coincidence that a diagnosis of hypothyroidism sometimes comes not long after quitting smoking? Let's...


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