Women and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Hashimoto's thyroiditis attacks the immune system and destroys the thyroid gland. The thyroid helps set the rate of metabolism - the rate at which the body uses energy. Hashimoto's prevents the gland from producing enough thyroid hormones for the body to work correctly.

Here are some more facts about Hashimoto's thyroiditis and women:

Portions of the above information has been provided with the kind permission of The National Women's Health Information Center.

Last Editorial Review: 6/25/2002

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