The topic of whether hypothyroidism can be ‘cured’ comes up a lot.
So, can hypothyroidism be cured?
The quick answer is yes, it can be cured. The important thing to be aware of is that for most, it’s not curable. It’s down to the cause for your hypothyroidism in the first place.
Many of those with it don’t even know!
Hashimoto’s causes the body to attack and destroy its own thyroid gland, causing hypothyroidism. You can find out if you have Hashimoto’s by having the two thyroid antibody tests done – TPOAB and TGAB. You need both to be done, as often just the one test is not accurate enough to be sure. One could have results ‘in range’, while the other not. A high result in either diagnoses Hashimoto’s.
Now, autoimmune thyroid disease can’t be cured, but many functional doctors as well as Thyroid Pharmacist Izabella Wentz, say that it can be put into remission. Simply put, this means that the Hashimoto’s becomes very well controlled, with lowered to zero antibodies, and for some people, they don’t even need thyroid medication any more. They can manage their autoimmune thyroid disease through diet and lifestyle and halt the progression of it (Izabella Wentz’s book explains this in great detail). Though I must stress that it seems somewhat rare.
Dr. Datis Kharrazian explained in his book that you would need to catch the Hashimoto’s before it had destroyed much thyroid function, to be able to live without thyroid hormone replacement. Catching and halting it before you probably even have many symptoms.
Autoimmune hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, does stay with you for life, though. There’s no way to cure it. You can just manage it and/or put it into remission.
The other 10% of people, who don’t have Hashimoto’s, can ‘theoretically’ cure their hypothyroidism. It’s not very common but can be done. This is because their hypothyroidism is due to non-autoimmune issues, such as an environmental issue, for example: a diet low in iodine, vitamin D deficiency, over consumption of soy, mould exposure, too much oestrogen, viral infections, pregnancy etc. By removing or ‘fixing’ this issue, the hypothyroidism could be cured. For others, they can’t fix their non-autoimmune cause for hypothyroidism, e.g. a problem with the pituitary gland which can interfere with thyroid hormone production, or a thyroidectomy which can include all or some of the thyroid gland being removed, thus preventing the right amount of thyroid hormone needed from being produced.
For many though, they don’t know what’s causing their non-autoimmune hypothyroidism. It’s also worth noting that apparently 10-15% of those with Hashimoto’s do not show up on the antibody tests. I.e. it comes back negative, even though they do have it.
So yes, hypothyroidism can be ‘cured’, just not very often and not for most of us.
For most of us, it’s much more beneficial to look at managing our hypothyroidism as best we can, without focusing too much on ‘getting off of meds’ or ‘finding a cure’. Thyroid hormone replacement is to us as food and water is a regular, healthy person. We need it to survive.
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