It’s a bit difficult to check the difference between “treatment” and “cure”. Thyroid disease can be cured and results in normal thyroid function. However, this treatment requires the use of medication to keep balanced state.
Most people with hypothyroidism usually have an autoimmune hypothyroid condition. As a result, the immune system attacks the thyroid tissue.
Therefore, to cure thyroid disease, the source of imbalances should be found. Focusing on preventing symptoms by using medication alone is wrong.
All thyroid therapies including antithyroid drugs, radioactive iodine and surger, are effective. These treatments can produce a normal state of thyroid function.
But some thyroid problems, including thyroid-stimulating antibodies do not improve through these treatments, and the underlying cause of the disease continues.
Regarding hypothyroidism, there is a similar situation concerning Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. This condition is caused due to the attack of the antibodies and the elimination of the thyroid. Though thyroid hormone replacement returns to normal, usually anti-thyroid antibodies remain.
It should be noted that even if the main cause of the thyroid problem is not treated, effective therapies are always available and return the thyroid function to normal.
Therefore, thyroid patients should have a long-term follow-up after diagnosis to ensure their thyroid function remains at its best.