Dietary Treatment of Graves’ Disease: Reviewing The Evidence
Traditional treatment of most autoimmune conditions relies entirely on medication.
Graves’ disease has been no exception to that rule.
But recent research indicates eating patterns can and do influence treatment outcomes.
This article looks at the best dietary treatment for Graves’ disease, as shown by current scientific evidence.
What Is Graves’ Disease?
Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease characterised by an overactive thyroid.
This is known medically as hyperthyroidism, not to be confused with hypothyroidism (such as Hashimoto’s disease).
It was discovered by Dr. Robert Graves in 1835, and has become the most common cause of hyperthyroidism in the developed world.
A Graves’ disease patient has a thyroid that produces too much thyroid hormone. It’s caused by unique antibodies called Thyroid Stimulating Immunoglobulins (TSIs), which “mimic” the function of hormones that stimulate thyroid production.
The underlying cause is unknown, but it’s suspected there is a large genetic component at play. Known triggers include infection, stressful life events, high iodine exposure and recent childbirth
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