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Lower TGAB graves

Hi guys does anyone know how to lower thyroglobulin antibodies in those with Graves’ disease? I’m reading that gluten free helps with antibodies in those with hashis. I don’t think I have gluten intolerance but my thyroglobulin level was at 1000 last it was checked.

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So, you have Hashi's as well as Grave's? What other antibodies have you had tested?

It's possible that going gluten-free would help with antibodies, even if you don't think you are gluten intolerant, but you won't know unless you try.

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I believe I have GD Although I’m hypo now since having rai few years back

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There's no point in just 'believing', you need to know.

Why did you have RAI? Was your whole thyroid destroyed? Did you have cancer? If so, that could be why your Tg antibodies are high. What does your doctor say about it?

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I had hyperthyroidism which was settled on meds but was looking what I understood at the time to be a more permanent fix

It’s only now 7 yrs later I’ve become underactive on paper and I didn’t take Levo straight after rai instead opted for the wait and see approach .

Medichecks blood test shows elevated TGAB with TPO in range. Havent checked tsi antibodies but i remember my Endo at the time did say to me he suspects graves due to antibodies? I guess I need to get the TSI checked really.

Do you think I maybe gluten intolerant?

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Often people think they aren't gluten intolerant, but when they stop eating gluten, they feel better.

The problem with endos is they often don't understand the difference between Hashi's and Grave's. It you had Grave's, you will still have the antibodies, they don't go away when the thyroid is removed/killed off. But, you could have had Hashi's and still be hyper, only with Hashi's it's only temporary. The fact that you now have raised TgAB, makes it sound as if you did have Hashi's, and there's still some thyroid left. Which would explain why you've just gone hypo now after seven years.

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I hear what you’re saying but with hashis The predominant issue is an underactive thyroid where I never had that it was only overactive

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ok

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can tgab indicate graves

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I think they can be slightly raised with Grave's, but they usually indicate Hashi's.

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I lowered my antibodies - still got a few lurking but well within the ranges - by going completely gluten free. No use saying you are ‘almost’ gluten free. You’ve got to do it 100% though and keep going once you’ve started, I tested every three months using Blue Horizons home fingerprick test and watched them fall steadily from as soon as I went GF.

So if you want to see if you are actually intolerant / coeliac then get tested first because once you’ve gone gluten free you won’t want to start eating it again in order to be tested. Otherwise just go for it. I jo8ned Coeliac U.K. and got their ‘bible’ of gluten free foods, there are lots of recipes etc online. Main thing is check the ingredients on absolutely everything you are thinking of buying because gluten pops up in the most unlikely places.

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