What You Need to Know about Hashimoto’s Disease

DoctorWhat do Kim Cattrall, Gigi Hadid, and Zoe Saldana have in common? Sadly, it’s an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Here’s what you need to know about this disease, according to

The Immune System Goes Awry

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis causes your body’s own antibodies to mistakenly attack the thyroid, a tiny butterfly-shaped gland on the neck. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is one out of 80 types of autoimmune diseases including Systemic lupus erythematosus, Rheumatoid arthritis, Multiple sclerosis (MS) and Type 1 Diabetes.

In a healthy person’s body, the immune system acts as a guard and goes after only foreign objects and threats. But when a patient suffers from an autoimmune condition, the immune system targets even healthy cells.

The Patient’s Metabolism Changes Drastically

Gigi Hadid took to Twitter early this year to respond to people who shamed her for being too thin. She explained that although her diet has been consistent, medication for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis has altered the way her body breaks down food.

The thyroid gland is responsible for the production of thyroid hormones, which control metabolism. Issues within the thyroid gland can cause either too much or too little hormones to be released into the bloodstream to support the function of other internal organs.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. Hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid means that the amount of Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4) hormones in the bloodstream is too little. This condition leads to weight gain, pale skin, fatigue, decreased libido, high cholesterol and abnormal menstrual cycle.

Eating Clean and Well Helps

Zoe Saldana, like her sisters and mother, has been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s as well. Her advice to other women like herself is always to eat clean. Those with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis are generally advised to avoid cruciferous vegetables, canola oil, large quantities of food with Omega 6, and gluten.

Your favorite celebrities may seem to have won the genetic lottery, but that’s not necessarily the case. Every day, they are fighting private battles no one else knows about.

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