Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease where your body’s immune system attacks and gradually destroys the thyroid gland which is located at the lower part of your neck. Thyroid gland produces the hormone Thyroxine which support number of important body functions. In the early stages of this disease there may not be any symptoms. The only way we can identify early Hashimotos disease is by running a blood test measuring the levels of the Anti thyroid antibodies. It may take few months to years before the antibodies destroy enough of the Thyroid gland to cause low thyroid state called Hypothyroidism. This disease is common in middle aged women. It is not uncommon to find this disorder in adolescents and children.
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