Smoking leads to lower levels of thyroid antibodies since it suppresses the autoimmune attack on the thyroid gland. This is because cigarettes contain a compound known as anatabine which causes the suppression. This compound was once available as a supplement but was taken off the market due to its inefficiency. Making this compound into a drug has proven a hard task due to issues with the FDA. On the other hand, people who quit smoking are at a greater risk for Hashimotos’.
Persons who have quit smoking and experienced symptoms such as weight gain, panic attacks , anxiety attacks and mood swings should go for a check up to ensure their thyroid is functioning normally. Though some thyroid patients choose to smoke because of its said advantage and its calming effect, it is not recommended. Smoking is more harmful than useful. Smoking affects the body negatively which will eventually lead to a whole lot of other complications hence not advisable.
A change of lifestyle to a healthier one is highly recommended for smokers. It entails, proper diet, a bit of exercise and even meditation. This will help avoid stress, which could be a major trigger.