Do You Know That Hashimoto`s Thyroiditis May Cause Miscarriage?



A
mother was deeply grieved over the loss of her baby during her first
trimesters. About a year later, she lost another baby. Several medical test
failed to reveal the cause. As years went by, she started to

gain weight even
though she monitored her food intake and exercised regularly.

She also
developed cramps in her legs and an increased sensitivity to cold. Finally,
blood tests and an ultra-sound of her thyroid gland revealed that she had a
disease called HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS, a possible cause of her miscarriage.
The mother deteriorating health revealed just how important thyroid gland is.
The
thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland situated in the front of the neck
just below the Adam’s apple. It is part of the endocrine system, a group of
organs and tissues that produce, store and secret hormones-chemical
messengers-directly into the bloodstream.
The
thyroid consists of numerous tiny follicles or sacs, filled with a viscous
fluid that holds the thyroid hormones. These hormones contain a high
concentration of iodine.
In
fact, nearly 80 percent of the iodine in the body is in the thyroid. A dietary
deficiency of this element may lead to an enlarged thyroid or goiter; in young
children, lack of iodine can inhibit hormone production and thereby retard
physical, mental and sexual development – a condition called CRETINISM.
Just
as the accelerator controls the speed of a car’s engine, thyroid hormones
regulate the rate of body’s metabolism – chemical activity in cells that
produces energy and new tissues. Thus, thyroid hormones promote normal tissue
growth and repair, affect cardial rate, and maintain the production of energy
for muscles and body heat.
Thyroid
hormones also have other important functions. For example, the help the liver
remove excess triglycerides and low density lipoproteins, called BAD CHOLESTEROL
from the bloodstream. 
The
cholesterol is transferred to the bile and from there to the feces. On the
other hand, too little thyroid hormone can cause an increase in bad cholesterol
and decrease in high – density lipoproteins or good cholesterol.
Thyroid
impairment may be the result of a diet poor iodine, physical or mental stress,
genetic defects, infections, disease or side effects of medications prescribed
for various illnesses.
An
enlarged thyroid or goiter may be an indication of disease. The enlargement may
be diffused or in the form of nodules. Although generally, benign goiters
should always receive medical attention, for they might indicate a more serious
condition such as cancer. 
Thyroid
disease can develop gradually and imperceptibly, so one may have it for years
and do not know it. As with most illnesses, the outcome may be better if the
diagnosis is made early.
The
thyroid may be small in size, but it is big in importance. So take care of
yours- eat wholesome food that includes sufficient iodine, try to avoid chronic
stress, and do your best to maintain overall good health.

credits: Hannah Okoro
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