Gigi Hadid has recently opened up about having Hashimoto’s disease, a common – but sometimes debilitating – thyroid condition.
Causing fatigue, weight gain and depression among other symptoms, according to Elle, the 21-year-old model has taken medication for it for two years.
But what actually is Hashimoto’s disease, and how would we be able to tell if we had it ourselves?
There are plenty of things that can go wrong with the thyroid: A butterfly-shaped gland found in the neck, it produces the hormones which control the body’s growth and metabolism as they’re released into the bloodstream.
You may have had a friend with an over-active thyroid, for example, which can cause nervousness, mood swings and weight loss.
But Gigi’s thyroid condition means that she has an under-active thyroid, which triggers a different set of symptoms.
Gigi’s Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition, which means that your body mistakenly attacks your thyroid gland, causing it to become slowly swollen and damaged.
And as it’s damaged it’ll produce insufficient amounts of the thyroid hormone, meaning the sufferer will experience symptoms of an under-active thyroid gland.
According to the NHS, common symptoms include weight gain, sensitivity to cold, muscle aches, dry and scaly skin, loss of libido and irregular periods.
But actually figuring out if these are symptoms of an under-active thyroid can be pretty tricky as they’re really similar to that of other conditions.
Constipation, a low sex drive and lack of energy are symptoms of depression, for example, which can occur for any reason at any time. But all of these can also be caused by an under-active thyroid.
Regardless, if you’re experiencing some of them and are beginning to suspect you could have the condition, check it out with your GP.
Here’s the full list of common symptoms:
- Muscle aches and weakness
- Muscle cramps
- Weight gain
- Sensitivity to cold
- Irregular or heavy periods
- Numbness, pain and a tingling sensation in the hands and fingers
- A low sex drive
- Brittle nails and hair
- Dry and scaly skin
- Slow movements and thoughts
Thankfully, an under-active thyroid can be treated by taking hormone replacement tablets – which don’t usually have any side effects.
So once you’ve put your finger on what’s wrong, you’ll most likely be able to do something about it.
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