Gigi Hadid and Hashimotos Autoimmune Thyroiditis by Jeffrey Dach MD
Gigi Hadid is a supermodel celebrity who spends her day doing photo shoots for high end magazine covers. One day she discovered for no obvious reason, she was gaining weight and looked “puffy”. Her skin seemed to change as well, becoming thick and coarse, no longer soft and smooth. Her previously shiny thick hair became thin, dry and brittle.
Needless to say, Gigi was very concerned. After all, this could affect her modeling career. Shortly after, Gigi announced she has Hashimotos Auto-Immune Thyroid Disease, and the unwanted changes in her face and body were attributed to a low thyroid condition caused by thyroid disease. Fortunately for Gigi, and others like her, modern medicine has thyroid pills, which restores Gigi’s appearance and saves her modeling career. Thank goodness for thyroid hormone pills. The puffy face, thickened skin, hair loss all promptly resolve with thyroid hormone replacement. Link to this article.
Myxedema of the Skin
The skin changes associated with Hashimotos thyroid disease are due to a condition called “Myxedema” in which the skin is infiltrated by a gelatinous substance causing thickening of the skin. The photos below are illustrative.
Myxedema Before and After Treatment with Thyroid Hormone
The above image: Note “Puffy ” appearance of face typical for Myxedema (left image) which resolves completely after treatment with thyroid hormone (right image). Images from Popular Science Monthly 1897 in public domain courtesy of wikimedia commons.
Conclusion: Whether or not you happen to be a high priced celebrity, the unwanted skin changes called “Myxedema” from thyroid disease can be reversed by the judicious use of thyroid hormone medication.
Jeffrey Dach MD
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1) Gigi Hadid on How Her Health Has Affected Her Body: “If I Could Choose, I Would Have My Ass Back”
7:57 AM PDT 4/11/2018 by Sam Reed
The supermodel reflects on how her shape has transformed following a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disorder.
2) Gigi Hadid Slams Body Shamers by Revealing She Suffers From Thyroid Disease FEBRUARY 12, 2018 12:59 PM by BROOKE BOBB
On Sunday, Gigi Hadid sent out a series of tweets aimed at the social media communities who have been bashing her for being too thin (this, after she was shamed for being “too fat” as a teenager starting off in the business). She wrote: “For those of you so determined to come up with why my body has changed over the years, you may not know that when I started at 17, I was not yet diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease; those of you who called me ‘too big for the industry’ were seeing inflammation and water retention due to that.”
3) Gigi Hadid Says Hashimoto’s Disease Changed Her Body
She slammed critics of her size on Twitter.
By Korin Miller Feb 12, 2018
Gigi Hadid put her body-shamers to, well, shame on Sunday in a series of tweets addressing speculation about her weight.
“For those of you so determined to come up w why my body has changed over the years, you may not know that when I started @ 17 I was not yet diagnosed w/Hashimoto’s disease,” Gigi wrote. “Those of u who called me ‘too big for the industry’ were seeing inflammation & water retention due to that.” She said that since her diagnosis, she’s been taking medication for her condition and has worked to adopt a healthier lifestyle. ”
Gigi Hadid first revealed her Hashimoto’s diagnosis in December 2016. “My metabolism actually changed like crazy this year,” Gigi revealed at Reebok’s #PerfectNever event in New York City, according to People. “I have Hashimoto’s disease. It’s a thyroid disease, and it’s now been two years since taking the medication for it.”
Her disease played a role in how she prepared for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. “I didn’t want to lose any more weight, she said. “I just want to have muscles in the right place, and if my butt can get a little perkier, then that’s good.”
4) 13 Celebs Who’ve Been Super-Honest About Their Thyroid Conditions
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5) The little-known disease that affects millions of women
Supermodel Gigi Hadid has been busy on Twitter setting the record straight about her apparent weight loss and her experience with a little-known autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto’s disease.
“For those of you so determined to come up with why my body has changed over the years, you may not know that when I started at 17 I was not yet diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, those of you who called me ‘too big for the industry’ were seeing inflammation and water retention due to that,” she tweeted in February.
6) Michelle Madrigal: I have Hashimoto’s disease
Posted at May 11 2018 06:01 PM | Updated as of May 11 2018 08:40 PM
MANILA — Michelle Madrigal is on a journey of “healing naturally” after she was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, the former Kapamilya actress revealed Thursday.
On Instagram, the 29-year-old actress explained to her followers the illness she has to battle, “along with other millions of young and older women who suffer from it.”
She wrote: “It is an autoimmune disorder that can cause hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid. It means that my immune system makes antibodies that attack the thyroid gland. The thyroid becomes damaged and can’t make enough thyroid hormones.”
7) Gina Rodriguez on Hashimoto’s, Equal Pay, and Learning to Fight For Herself
Rodriguez, 33, has Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune condition that wages war on the thyroid gland, which produces hormones that influence how your body uses energy. Hashimoto’s can lead to an underactive thyroid that doesn’t produce enough of these hormones, and symptoms can be devastating and wide-ranging, including fatigue, joint pain, memory issues, and weight gain, to name a few.
8) Hashimoto’s Disease, Gigi Hadid, and Me What you need to know about the disease that is affecting one of America’s top models … and me. By Maggie May Ethridge | January 2, 2017 | 2:30pm
Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty
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