Amina Mude, the wife of NTV news editor Ben Kitili, has opened up on her seven year battle with chronic autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis and Hashimoto’s disease, is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid gland is gradually destroyed.
Symptoms include fatigue and unexplained weight gain. There is no cure for Hashimoto’s, but replacing hormones with medication can regulate hormone levels and restore normal metabolism.
Amina Mude opened up on suffering from Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis during an interview on Your World show.
Ben Kitili’s wife said she realized she was gaining a lot of weight after she gave birth to their first child.
“Growing up I never had issues with weight…but when I got my first child in 2013/2014 I added weight. I thought it is the normal pregnancy weight, 6 months down the line i am still adding more weight, I moved from 69 KGs to 90, it was my wake up call,” said Amina Mude.
The excessive weight gain prompted her to seek medical attention and it’s when she was diagnosed with autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
“I learnt that I have an underlying condition – an autoimmune disorder known as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis . It is when your thyroid is underworking, so you get a ray of symptoms from cold feet to hair loss, depression and weight issues.”
Amina Mude said that she was ultimately forced to to cut excess weight through dieting and working out.
“I tried a new diet. I carried the 30kgs for like 5 years. When I got pregnant with my second child I knew was starting with a heavy weight. I decided to carry the pregnancy then try to understand how to loose the weight. Two months after getting my baby I decided to do intermittent fasting. Within 9 months I lost over 30kgs.”