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What is Hashimoto’s Disease? Can your diet prevent it? Bringing the answer is today’s Waist Away podcast guest, Dr. Ken Berry, Family Physician and author of several books!

What is Hashimoto’s disease? Because I think that a lot of us pretend like everyone knows, but what is Hashimoto’s disease? What causes Hashimoto’s disease? And what’s the difference between Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism?

So Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an auto immune condition of inflammation of the thyroid gland caused by your immune system actually attacking parts of your thyroid gland. And no one knows exactly why that happens, but we have ample anecdotal evidence in the low carb keto carnivore communities that Hashimoto’s calms way down and gets way better when you remove the highly inflammatory processed grains and sugars and industrial vegetable oils. When you get all that stuff out of your diet, it seems to get better. So there’s probably something in the modern diet that’s causing this epidemic of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis that we’re currently seeing.

That’s number one. Number two is hypothyroidism can ultimately result from Hashimoto’s. But you can actually have hyper thyroid symptoms from Hashimoto’s as well, and in the earlier stages of Hashimoto’s. But ultimately, what seems to happen is that the thyroid, after it’s been under attack for many months or a few years by your own immune system, is that it’s damaged enough of your thyroid gland that you’re just not able to make enough T4, which converts to T3 to have a normally functioning thyroid again.

And so you become hypothyroid or low thyroid condition. So Hashimoto’s ultimately leads to hypothyroidism, many can give you symptoms. Even when the lab results your doctor might check still looks like your euthyroid are normal, you may already have multiple symptoms of hypothyroidism with Hashimoto’s.

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