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Support our study!

To give Graves patients a better quality of life, we need your help. “With this study we are killing many birds with one stone! It is expected that this diet will cure more patients, they will have more influence on the course of their disease, the quality of life will increase and they will need less medical care, resulting in a reduction in costs.” Will you help to perform this study? In this way you can make a positive contribution to the well-being of thyroid patients! Schildklier Organisatie Nederland (SON) and Thyroid Federation International (TFI) highly recommend this study.
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What is Graves’ disease?

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease of the thyroid gland that affects about 20-50/100,000 people per year in the world. The thyroid is a very important organ that affects almost all tissues in the body. In an autoimmune disease, the body produces antibodies against its own tissue; in the case of Graves’ disease against the thyroid gland, causing it to work too quickly.

This causes a variety of complaints including an increased heart rate, accelerated bone breakdown, sleep disorders, nervousness and fatigue. Patients with Graves’ disease remain ill for a long time, have a reduced quality of life, have high absenteeism due to illness and place a long-term burden on healthcare. The current treatment has limitations. In addition to the risk of serious side effects from the medication, only half of the patients are cured, follow-up treatments are required, which can lead to serious complications.

“From one day to the next I couldn’t take another step; at rest my heart rate was already 150 bpm and I was allowed to do nothing but nothing. I couldn’t sleep and taking care of my children was impossible.”

Our study

This study investigates an additional treatment in the form of a diet. A diet has the great advantage that it does not require lengthy procedures to be implemented, so it can reach the patient quickly. Patients will have more control over their own treatment and it is expected that the quality of life will improve significantly.

“I would really like to do something myself to positively influence my illness! With diabetes, I know that sugar intake must be monitored, for example, but I don’t actually know what I can do with my thyroid disease.”

Why help?

Due to the increasingly loud international call and need to look for innovations that keep healthcare affordable, there is now a focused search for opportunities to positively influence disease and health through lifestyle and nutrition, whereby the patient’s own control and the quality of life plays a central role.

Thyroid diseases are currently not receiving the necessary attention for treatment options in the field of nutrition and lifestyle, while there are more than half a million thyroid patients in the Netherlands alone and the quality of life of thyroid patients in general and Graves patients in particular is under pressure. with current treatment options.

With your help we can make a difference!

“As a Graves patient, I really wanted to make a positive contribution to the course of the disease by adjusting my diet, but little evidence-based information was available about this. I saw dietary and study opportunities in this. With this study we can now test the diet more broadly.” and, if the outcome is positive, make it available to many more patients. That really makes me very enthusiastic!”

What do you give?

Would you like more information, or do you have questions about how you can contribute? Please contact relationship manager Juliette Kops of the Bontius Foundation | LUMC Research Foundation via telephone number +31 (0) 71 526 2554 or donate directly via the following account number NL03 INGB 0657 9199 26 stating: Thyroid curative diet | E.R.P.C. van Wees

Different ways of donating

One-time donation

Every gift contributes to the LUMC’s research projects, no matter how small or large. Thanks to the contribution of our donors, we can bring serious and complex diseases closer to a cure.

Donate periodically

By choosing a periodic donation, you give this line of research the certainty of your support. You can choose to make a general donation or to allocate your donation to a specific project.

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