Can Vitamin D Deficiency Cause Hypothyroidism?

Published: September 29, 2012

That was the question asked by a team of researchers in Turkey, who found that people with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (hypothyroidism) were far more likely to have low blood levels of vitamin D than healthy people. They also found that those with the lowest levels of vitamin D also had the worst symptoms.

This result isn’t all that surprising, because vitamin D already has been linked to many different autoimmune diseases — and now there’s one more.


"Relative Vitamin D Insufficiency in Hashimoto's Thyroiditis." Thyroid. 2011 Jul 13. [Epub ahead of print] Tamer G, Arik S, Tamer I, Coksert D. Source: Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Goztepe Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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