ZocdocAnswersCan Hashimoto's disease occur at any age?

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Can Hashimoto's disease occur at any age?

I am young and feel I am too young. 34. What can I do?

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Hashimoto's disease is also known as chronic thyroiditis, and it can occur at any age in any person, although it is most common in middle aged females with a family history of thyroid problems. Fortunately, it is one of the diseases that can be managed very well with excellent medical therapy, and, in the rare situations where surgery is recommended, even the surgery is a simple and very well tolerated procedure when performed by experienced and capable hands. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease, meaning that your own body begins to attack itself. For some, this attacking can lead to brief periods of hyperthyroidism (similar to another autoimmune disorder known as Grave's disease), but the eventual end point for all with Hashimoto's disease is to reach a state of hypothyroidism (too little thyroid hormone is being released by the thyroid gland because the immune system has destroyed the gland itself). The symptoms will include fatigue, dry skin, cold intolerance, and weight gain, among others. As the thyroid gland and its hormone are very important, please speak to your doctor if you are concerned about this condition. There are simple tests available to determine if you are affected.

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