Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder of thyroid gland.
In this disease, your immune system attacks your gland(that is why called autoimmune). Thus the thyroid gland becomes damaged and can’t make enough thyroid hormones(hypothyroidism).
Over time, the ability of the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones often becomes impaired and leads to a gradual decline in function and eventually an underactive thyroid (Hypothyroidism).
Low levels of thyroid hormones can contribute to high cholesterol that can lead to heart disease
Severe untreated hypothyroidism may lead to myxedema coma, an extreme form of hypothyroidism in which the body’s functions gets very slow and it becomes a life-threatening condition.
Untreated hypothyroidism during pregnancy can lead to:
These problems occur most often with severe hypothyroidism.
Thyroid hormones are important to baby’s brain and nervous system development. Untreated hypothyroidism (especially during the first trimester) can cause low IQ and problems with normal development.