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Are Keto and Low Carb Suitable For People With Thyroid Disease?
Thyroid hormones affect nearly every system in the body and have a profound influence on metabolic rate and overall health. Because of this, conditions such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis can cause symptoms that negatively affect quality of life.
Is a low-carb or keto diet helpful or harmful for people with Hashimoto's disease or other hypothyroid conditions? This article will explore the impact of keto and low-carb diets on thyroid health in different populations, along with providing guidance for optimizing thyroid health.
Take Home Message
Overall, it appears that although low-carb and keto diets reduce levels of thyroid hormones in the blood, this doesn't seem to impact health, ability to lose weight, or energy levels. On the contrary, many people respond to carb restriction with improvements in body composition, vigour, and health markers.
Additionally, a low-carb or ketogenic diet limited in inflammatory foods may be beneficial for those with Hashimoto's disease.
However, extreme carb restriction (i.e., less than 20 grams of total carbs daily) on a long-term basis isn't advised for those with autoimmune thyroid disease. It is advisable that individuals with hypothyroidism, consume a minimum of 20 grams of net carbs (total carbs minus fibre) every day.
As with many things in nutrition, the optimal level of carb intake for thyroid health varies from person to person. Monitoring how you feel and perform, your thyroid hormone levels, and your antibody status can help you create a personalized low-carb lifestyle that is optimal for you.