vegetarian diet reduces risk of Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is the result of the overproduction of the thyroid hormone thyroxine. It causes your metabolism to speed up, leading to weight loss and rapid or irregular heartbeat. It can also lead to nervousness, anxiety, irritability, fatigue and insomnia. But help may be a dinner away.

The most common causes of hyperthyroidism is Graves’ disease. Vegetarian diets are healthy for tons of reasons. But two advantages you don’t hear much about is protection from autoimmune diseases and hyperthyroidism. Graves’ disease is an autoimune disease. Vegetarian diets are associated with lower rates of autoimmune disease. So, could a vegetarian diet protect your thyroid from hyperthyroidism?

The answer is yes. A large study found that vegan diets reduce the risk of hyperthyroidism by 51%; vegetarian diets reduce the risk by 28% and pesco vegetarian diets reduce it by 26%.

This study shows that vegetarian diets can protect you from hyperthyroidism and that the vegan diet ca cut the risk in half.

Public Health Nutr 2015;18(8):1482-7

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