Have you ever suffered from a chronic lack of energy, mood swings, irritability? Are you a woman between 20-45 years old? Have you heard of Hashimoto’s disease?
Whether the answers are yes or no, you may want to read this article, as the condition could affect all of us. Even if you are not in the risk group, you may know someone who is and want to help. Luckily, an app has been created which could offer patients help and support.
It is estimated that Hashimoto’s disease affects nearly 500 million people worldwide, and this number is growing. Hashimoto’s disease has been known for almost 100 years which is not that long in the medical world. That’s one of the reasons why it is not easy to diagnose.
A diagnosis can take up to eight years as there are thought to be 45 different symptoms. Women are five to eight times more likely to suffer from Hashimoto’s disease than men. In the US, levothyroxine (a medicine used to treat an underactive thyroid gland that is often the cause of Hashimoto’s disease) is the second most prescribed medicine and in the European Union is in the top five.
To make matters worse, this disease requires a holistic treatment and the statistics show that only 1000 active endocrinologists in the US know how to handle the disease.
Hashimoto’s disease affects the thyroid gland. The thyroid is a small organ located in the neck. However small it may be, its role is incomparably big. It’s like a manager that controls hormones by regulating the processes in the cells of almost all systems in our body, such as immune, endocrine, digestive, nervous and reproductive.
Imagine that the managing centre of them, all is unstable. As a result, you become distracted, forgetful, easily irritated or sad, prone to developing other diseases and gaining a few extra kilos. You can also experience problems getting pregnant and poor sleep. These are just a few symptoms that may make you lose your appetite for life.
Eva Galant, founder and CEO of Hashiona, has experienced all of them. “I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease six years ago and hyperthyroidism. The road to diagnosis took me eight years.”
She adds: “On top of that, in Poland, where I am originally from, as many as 22 percent of Poles have a thyroid problem, but even in the US according to the American Thyroid Association there is up to 12 percent of the population affected and around the world the number of sufferers is growing at an alarming rate.”
This is what triggered her to found the startup ‘Hashiona’. The app has been in the market for about a year now and it’s already attracted more than 10k users, who are mainly women, suffering from Hashimoto’s disease and thyroid-related conditions.
Some of the feedback from users has praised how visually appealing it is and the videos explaining how the thyroid works. Users have also said they like the articles which contain comprehensive information on the diseases which shows their influence on the thyroid in great detail.
The Hashiona app continues to receive growing recognition from users on the femtech market.
How does the app work?
The main goal of the Hashiona app is to help change daily habits and put the disease into remission. To help achieve that there is, among others, a ‘Step by step to remission’ program built-in. Its interactive design that contains videos, infographics, articles, and tests are designed to help achieve remission in 20 weeks.
Step by step, week by week, it will help you understand what is good for you in terms of diet, sport, habits, supplements, and will also help you understand the disease itself and how to treat it. With many doctors and dietitians on board, Hashiona does its best to help patients all over the world to get their life back. As the growing number of users shows, it’s reliable and worth investing your trust in.
The potential has been noticed by investors. The startup has been granted almost 550k USD as pre-seed funding. Among the investors who see the need for developing this digital therapeutics product is Draper University founded by Tim Draper.
It seems like the Hashiona app has it all to revolutionize the approach to treating thyroid disorders. The only missing part might be you.
Care to join?