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Recognizing the dangers of Hashimoto's Disease

Dr. Chetlen Crossnoe (Source: KCBD Video) Dr. Chetlen Crossnoe (Source: KCBD Video)

Two popular actresses, Gina Rodriguez and Zoe Saldana, have both recently revealed they have Hashimoto's disease.

In fact, Rodriguez has complained that it wrecked her metabolism.

I asked Dr. Chetlen Crossnoe about that. He is a Primary Care Physician at Grace Clinic. He is also the best kind of expert on Hashimoto's Disease because he not only treats patients with the disease, but he lives with it himself.

Dr. Crossnoe says he was diagnosed about 20 years ago as a medical student. He says it's a problem that causes the auto-immune system to attack the thyroid gland so it produces a lot less thyroid hormone.

He says it's not something to take lightly, because "in the extreme, thyroid problems can cause damage to other organs because of the low metabolism, even eventually coma and even death."

Ironically, he adds, an underactive thyroid is actually a very easy problem to fix when you catch it early.  It may just take a pill every day to change your life, or at the very least, bring back a feeling of normalcy.

Symptoms of Hashimoto can include fatigue, unexplained weight gain, sensitivity to cold, constipation, puffy face or a hoarse voice.

So, take the advice of a doctor who lives with Hashimoto's Disease.

If you are experiencing any of those symptoms, see a doctor. You may be delighted to find there is a relatively simple fix that could make you feel great again.

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