How to Eat Well When You Have Graves’ Disease

While there is no specific diet to prevent or treat Graves' disease, there are certain foods best avoided and others that are best chosen to promote health and avoid inflammation.

Written by Robert M. Sargis MD, PhD

There’s really not such a thing as a Graves’ disease diet, per se.

While what you eat can matter, it's more about planning meals and filling your plate with foods that won’t aggravate your Graves’ disease symptoms. In addition to selecting foods wisely, you’ll most likely need a combination of treatments, such as medications and radioactive iodine, as part of your Graves’ disease treatment plan so you can feel your best.

Graves’ disease is actually the most common cause of hyperthyroidism—when your thyroid gland over-produces thyroid hormone. Although Graves’ disease can’t be prevented or treated through diet alone, certain foods may help ease Graves’ disease symptoms. And, keep in mind that everybody is different so that which foods may exacerbate or worsen your symptoms will be a matter of trial and error. 

More universal are the foods you should choose most often to help manage the symptoms of Graves’ disease. 

Foods to Eat More of If You Have Graves’ Disease:

What to Limit When You Have Graves' Disease

Reminders

A final word—because everyone has unique dietary needs, such as high cholesterol, vegetarian, or gluten sensitivity, you should talk to your doctor or ask for a referral to a registered dietitian to get some guidance about creating a meal plan that meets your needs and gives you more of what you like while avoiding the foods that worsen your Graves disease symptoms.

 

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