Date of Award

2020

Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (Physician Assistant)

Department

Physician Assistant; College of Health Sciences

First Advisor

Amanda Seymour

Abstract

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (HT) is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in humans. The current treatment for HT is thyroid hormone supplementation. However, recent research suggests possible treatment of HT with gluten-free diets. This study found several sources testing this hypothesis. The results showed evidence to support that gluten-free diets are associated with, and cause a reduction in thyroid antibodies. Despite the current evidence, more randomized control trials are needed to increase reliability and validity of these findings.

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The Use of a Gluten-Free Diet as Treatment for Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (HT) is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in humans. The current treatment for HT is thyroid hormone supplementation. However, recent research suggests possible treatment of HT with gluten-free diets. This study found several sources testing this hypothesis. The results showed evidence to support that gluten-free diets are associated with, and cause a reduction in thyroid antibodies. Despite the current evidence, more randomized control trials are needed to increase reliability and validity of these findings.

 
 

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