Lots of people have autoimmune thyroid disease. It’s the most common type of autoimmune disorder, affecting 2 to 5 % of people in western countries. There are a couple of types. The most common is Hashimoto’s. All of them involve lymphocyte infiltration of the gland, inflammation and cellular breakdown.
People may get their thyroid hormones checked because they have vague symptoms. Unfortunately, many doctors rely only on blood tests such as TSH and T4 to determine whether their patients need supplemental thyroid hormones. Levels may stay within a normal level for a long time, so people have gradually