Star Trek’s Zoe Saldano misguided about her Hashimoto’s low thyroid diagnosis
Zoe Saldano of Star Trek fame recently revealed in an interview that she has Hashimoto’s low thyroid, an autoimmune thyroid disease. But she’s a little misguided about how Hashimoto’s works. In an interview she said, “Your body doesn’t have the energy it needs to filter toxins, causing it to believe that it has an infection, so it’s always inflamed.” This is an unusual explanation for autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism.
What Zoe Saldano should know Hashimoto’s low thyroid
Hashimoto’s is a thyroid disease affecting millions of women. Symptoms include depression, brain fog, weight gain, fatigue, cold hands and feet, constipation, and many other symptoms. It is one of the most common autoimmune diseases, affecting an estimated more than 23 million people. The most important thing to know about Hashimoto’s is that it is an autoimmune thyroid disease. This means the immune system causes hypothyroidism by attacking and destroying the thyroid gland. Research shows 90 percent of hypothyroidism case are caused by Hashimoto’s.
Many cases of Hashimoto’s low thyroid go undiagnosed
Many patients suffer from symptoms of Hashimoto’s low thyroid for years or even decades before receiving a diagnosis. If they do receive a diagnosis, many also find they do not feel better on thyroid medications. As you’ll see in my book The Truth About Low Thyroid patients suffer needlessly for years or decades without a diagnosis. Instead, they are dismissed by doctors, given antidepressants, or told it’s all in their head. Meanwhile, they continue to lose energy and function. The thyroid gland governs metabolism in the body and produces thyroid hormones, which are needed by every cell in the body, including brain cells. This is why unmanaged Hashimoto’s causes a person to continually lose function, feel run down, lose brain cognition, and find it impossible to lose weight. Suffering so long without relief or being believed by doctors is very demoralizing for these patients, the majority of whom are women. When they come to my office, they are often spiritually broken and hopeless.
Why do people get Hashimoto’s low thyroid?
Studies show many factors play a role in the development of Hashimoto’s low thyroid, including:
Genetics (Saldano has family members with Hashimoto’s)
What often happens is a number of chronic health issues that go undiagnosed continue to escalate until the immune system becomes overburdened and tips into attacking the body.
What Saldano is doing right for her Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism condition
Although Saldano doesn’t appear to fully understand how Hashimoto’s low thyroid works, she nevertheless advocates some good lifestyle examples. For example, she follows a gluten-free and dairy-free diet. Research links these foods with Hashimoto’s. She also talks about reducing stress, not being too hard on herself, and surrounding herself with the support of loved ones.
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