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Cancer, autoimmune thyroid disease, Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis are just a few examples of the hundreds of different immune-related diseases that affect millions of Americans.
This includes women over age 30 years and those with a family history or autoimmune thyroid disease or hypothyroidism; a goiter; thyroid antibodies, primarily thyroid peroxidase antibodies; symptoms or clinical signs suggestive of thyroid hypofunction; type 1 diabetes mellitus, or other autoimmune disorders; those with infertility; a prior history of preterm delivery; prior therapeutic head or neck irradiation or prior thyroid surgery; and those currently receiving levothyroxine replacement.
If you ignore it, it can trigger CD and other diseases like irritable bowel syndrome, lupus, autoimmune thyroid disease, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and many others.
Autoimmune thyroid diseases are organ-specific autoimmune disorders characterized by autoantibodies against thyroglobulin, thyroid peroxidase, and thyrotropin receptor (4).
Individuals with Down's syndrome have six fold increased risk of developing insulin dependent diabetes and four fold increased risk of developing autoimmune thyroid disease (2-4).
This can result in Hashimoto's disease, a type of autoimmune thyroid disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys the thyroid gland.
A possible explanation for this might be that autoimmune thyroid disease dominates in children, whereas in adults, non-autoimmune causes of thyroid disease are common.
For example, neither chapter 3, "Environmental Factors in Autoimmune Endocrinopathies," nor chapter 4, "Animal Models of Autoimmune Thyroid Disease," has any figures, tables, graphs, or illustrations.