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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Diet alone unlikely to reverse changes caused by Hashimoto's thyroiditis

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I just turned 30 and recently was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. I'm wondering about whether it can be cured or if I will have to take medication for the rest of my life. I've read the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet may help. Is this true? Do you have any suggestions for managing symptoms?

ANSWER: Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition that usually progresses slowly and often leads to low thyroid hormone levels -- a condition called hypothyroidism. The best therapy for Hashimoto's thyroiditis is to normalize thyroid hormone levels with medication. A balanced diet and other healthy lifestyle choices may help when you have Hashimoto's, but a...

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