This blog post looks at what you need to know about testing for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
Hashimoto’s Is A Complex Autoimmune Thyroid Disorder
You may already know Hashimoto’s is not just a thyroid problem.
It is in fact a complex autoimmune thyroid disorder that develops when the immune system launches a direct attack on the thyroid.
This autoimmune attack triggers widespread inflammation and swelling within the thyroid. This then leads to loss of function of this important gland. And as you can imagine this is WHY Hashimoto’s triggers a long list of hypothyroid symptoms.
How Can You Tell If Your Thyroid Is Under Autoimmune Attack?
Firstly, did you know the #1 sign your thyroid is under autoimmune attack is raised antibodies?
It’s WHY it’s vital to check thyroid antibody levels, especially if Hashimoto’s is suspected.
In fact, I can’t emphasis this enough if you are worried about your thyroid health. You see, you need to get these antibody tests done as part of a complete thyroid panel. It’s also important to get a thyroid ultrasound to get a visual assessment of your thyroid gland.
WHY Testing Thyroid Antibodies Is So Important
It’s important to know there are two tests used to detect the presence of thyroid antibodies.
+ Anti-Thyroperoxidase (TPO) Antibody Test
Often referred to as the ‘TPO test’. This test is used to confirm an autoimmune thyroid disorder such as Hashimoto’s.
+ Anti-Thyroglobulin Antibody (TgAb) Test
This test should be done too as these antibodies target thyroglobulin, the protein precursor that’s stored in the thyroid cells. It’s important to know that thyroglobulin is produced by the follicular cells of the thyroid, and is used to form new thyroid hormones.
What’s the next step after a diagnosis?
The body is a complex, integrated system. It’s therefore vital to get to the root cause of a thyroid problem. Once you know the true cause of the imbalance you can get started with an effective treatment strategy to get your life back on track.
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