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Can thyroid antibodies be reduced?

I have recently had some results for my thyroid from medichecks. They are as follows.

TSH 1.09 Total thyroxine 108.0

Free thyroxine. 18.1 Free T3 4

Thyroglobulin antibody 366

Thyroid peroxidase antibodies 39.7

I have had hashimotos since my teens and am on 150mcg thyroxine, my doctor removed T3 about a year ago. I understand that most of these results are within normal range but my questions is this, is there anything that I can do to reduce the antibodies in my blood stream which are high?

Thank you in anticipation of your help


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Going gluten-free can help I believe.


Adopting a 100% gluten-free diet, and taking selenium, is said to reduce antibodies. But, this is difficult to verify as antibodies fluctuate all the time.

Antibodies are high just after an immune system attack - they come in to clean up the mess left behind. In order to reduce the number of attacks, it's best to try and keep your TSH suppressed. The less thyroid stimulation there is, the less immune system stimulation there is.

Your TSH is still a bit high for that. You don't give the ranges (please, always give the ranges) but your FT4 looks high compared to your FT3, so there is plenty of room for an increase in dose to try and suppress your TSH - if your doctor will allow it! The problem is, doctors are so paranoid about a suppressed TSH because they don't understand how it all works. But, if you can manage it, that would be the best thing to do. :)

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Hi Annie100zain, I read that people with Hashimoto should take selenium 200ug/day. I started doind that, but then I thought "what if my selenium is high anyway". While abroad recently, I did blood test for selenium and it turned out to be over the range already. However, on the blood test results there was information that the normal ranges do not apply for people with Hashimoto and if patient had Hashimoto they should contact the lab experts for more details. I did that and they responded that patients with Hashimoto should take 200ug/day selenim for 6months (but not longer than that) no matter what their level is to start with. It is expected that this should decrease the antibodies. Then in the future, if antibodies go up again, the 6months selenium treatment can be repeated. If you are not taking selenium yet, maybe it would be worth trying? All the best x


That's very interesting bit of info. Thanks for sharing that

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Did you feel better on T3?

Typically vitamin levels crash out after it's stopped

Ask GP to test vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12

T3 removed ideas on how to object

Why T3 should not be stopped

Typical posts after T3 stopped


Yes, I did feel a lot better on T3 but after much wrangling with my doc, who maintained that my TSH was fine etc, I began to look else where about my symptoms. I ended up having a private test for Candida because of the rashes I had under my arms, breasts and on my face. I went on a diet for Candida, which was very hard but after 4 months nearly all my symptoms started to disappear. I lost weight and feel so much better In myself, the awful Brian fog that I had has almost gone. I still have the thyroid tiredness that I have had all of my adult life but feel able to cope with it now. All my vitamins have been checked by medichecks and everything is just fine apart from the stress hormone cortisol, which is way over normal. I thought there may be some way to get my thyroid under control by reducing the antibodies. I feel much better but would love to feel properly well after struggling for years.

I feel as if you can at least cope now so that’s got to be good

Annie 🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️


Thank you for your replies, I appreciate you taking the time to do so. 👍🏽🙋🏼‍♀️


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