Gluten-Free Update: Second Blood Work Readings
Time flies. As I’m writing this I’ve been gluten-free for over six months. It certainly isn’t the worst thing in the world. I much rather be gluten-free than dairy free. But, as you may recall, if you’ve been reading, I’ve been gluten-free with the hope that it will minimize the effects of an autoimmune disease called Hashimotos that attacks the thyroid causing hypothyroidism. Hopefully, by minimizing the Hashimotos, I can reduce the attack on my thyroid.
After two months gluten free my two Hashimoto’s antibodies had a significant drop of about 20-percent. Three months later I got my blood drawn again. This time the results were less stellar. One antibody was down another 5-percent and the other was up about 5-percent. Both were still lower than my original test that determined I had Hashimotos. Both are still out of the normal range, although I’m not sure they will go back to the normal range. The gluten-free goal is to try to keep them at bay.
I’m still viewing this as my own personal experiment where I don’t have much to lose (except perhaps some yummy food choices). I wasn’t as happy with the results, but I don’t know if 5-percent makes that big of a difference either way. I also went off a lot of the supplements I’d been on for the first set of blood work, so perhaps the supplements play a larger roll.