Reversal of Hyperthyroidism in Graves’ Disease with a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet: A Case Report
Keywords:Whole Foods plant-based nutrition, type 2 Diabetes, pre-diabetes, vegan, graves' disease, hyperthyroidism, thyroid health, thyroid function, allergies, methimazole, cetirizine, vitamin D, Brazil nuts
The benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet (WFPBD) include, but are not limited to, improvement of cardiovascular health, decreased inflammation, as well as enhanced endocrine system function. We present the case of a 51-year-old pre-diabetic female with a 22-year history of Graves’ disease who reversed her conditions following the ini- tial 28-week WFPBD period. In this time, she was able to reduce her thyroid stimu- lating immunoglobulin (TSI) and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels and discontinue methimazole and cetirizine intake. It was also found that maintaining vitamin D levels are beneficial for promoting a more balanced immune response to help lower thyroid antibodies.