Vitamin D and Thyroid Patients, you need to know about Vitamin D

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Today, there are mountains of research into a myriad of issues that can be affected by Vitamin D. There is also a forward-thinking Vitamin D Council that will keep you apprised of current findings.  In the Council’s December 21, 2013, newsletter, it reported about a study done in South Korea which found a link between vitamin D deficiency and autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD). 

Vitamin D and Antibodies

The researchers found that “people who were deficient in vitamin D were much more likely to have TPO-Ab positive tests.”  TPO-Ab is a marker for autoimmune thyroid disease and measures the level of antibodies specific to fighting thyroid-related cells.  The Council newsletter went on to say, “The researchers calculated that those who were severely deficient in vitamin D had nearly twice as high the risk of a positive TPO-Ab test compared to those who were sufficient.”

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