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Gigi Hadid’s Hashimoto’s Diagnose – Why It’s More Common Than You Think

By: Diep Nguyen, DO   March 5, 2018

In 2016, Gigi Hadid revealed she had been recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that attacks the thyroid, known as Hashimoto’s Disease or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis which affects nearly 14 million people.

 We sat down with Coordinated Health Endocrinologist, Dr. Diep Nguyen, to learn more about the condition and what causes it.

Q1: What is Hashimoto’s Disease?

It’s an autoimmune condition where your body makes antibody that direct against your own body and make it inflamed. 

Q2: What are symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease?

Symptoms of Hashimoto’s might be weight gain, fatigue, hair loss and neck swelling. Early on you might not even have any symptoms at all.

Q3: How is Hashimoto’s Disease treated?

It can lead to what is called hypothyroidism, where the thyroid does not make enough hormones. There are several medications you can take to put that back in balance and the dose will vary depending on the stage and how much inflammation is going on. It can be easily replaced with thyroid hormone supplements. 

Q4: What individuals are more susceptible to Hashimoto’s Disease?

Given that it is an autoimmune condition, it often affects women. If patients have a family history of other autoimmune conditions, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Graves’ Disease, Lupus, etc. that can increase the risk of developing this condition.

Q5: When should you visit an Endocrinologist for Hashimoto’s Disease?

You can sometimes pick up early on Hashimoto’s Disease through blood work. Your general practitioner can screen you for the condition. If you experience symptoms such as neck swelling, irregular menstrual cycles, weight gain, fatigue, etc.  or have a strong family history of the disease, you should talk to your family physician or seek out an appointment with an endocrinologist such as myself.

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