Vitamin D levels are often low in Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism as well as Graves hyperthyroidism.  

Unfortunately low ‘sunshine vitamin’ levels mean possibly a higher risk for a whole host of problems including:

  • depression
  • osteoporosis
  • inability to resist colds and ‘flus.

So simple fix right? Spend more time lolling about in the sun! 

For those with Hashimoto’s and Graves boosting vitamin D in their body and avoiding the problems that come with low levels may not be as easy as a prescription for more sun bathing. 

Studies have found that people with Hashimoto’s and Graves may not be able to make vitamin D from sunshine.

To use the correct medical terminology a range of genetic polymorphisms on the vitamin D receptors have been significantly linked to autoimmune thyroid diseases both Hashimoto’s and Graves.

So if you have Hashimoto’s or Graves are hypothyroid or hyperthyroid and you are feeling down, getting sick a lot and tired all the time make sure you are getting your vitamin D levels checked regularly!

Personally I encourage all my Hashimoto’s & Graves peeps to have their Vitamin D levels tested at the end of summer at their highest level.

If you have hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism and are not feeling your best contact me at  (02) 4968 2157 or sonia@soniamcnaughton.com

Sonia x

 

References:

Feng, M., Li, H., Chen, S. F., Li, W. F., & Zhang, F. B. (2013). Polymorphisms in the vitamin D receptor gene and risk of autoimmune thyroid diseases: a meta-analysis. Endocrine43(2), 318-326.


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