Vitamin D in Hashimoto's thyroiditis and its relationship with thyroid function and inflammatory status.Endocr J. 2018 Oct 29; 65(10):1029-1037.EJ
Several studies have shown the correlation between vitamin D [25(OH)D] deficiency and thyroid autoimmunity and reducing of thyroid autoantibodies in patients with normal levels of vitamin D combining with thyroid hormone replacement. However, other authors not agree with this association. It is still unclear whether the low 25(OH)D levels are the result of HT disease or a part of its cause. We studied 88 patients with HT regarding vitamin D status and thyroid autoimmunity markers as well as the relationship with cytokines produced by Th1, Th2, and Th17 cells compared with a control group of 71 euthyroid healthy subjects. The present study demonstrated that vitamin D concentrations were similar in patients HT and the control group. The reduction of free T4 levels was a predictor of vitamin D insufficiency for Hashimoto's thyroiditis, but not for the control group. Lower concentrations of TNF-α was a predictor of lower levels of vitamin D. Differences in the association between HT and vitamin D insufficiency remain unresolved in the literature. The thyroid hormone status would play a role in the maintenance of vitamin D sufficiency, and its immunomodulatory role would influence the presence of autoimmune thyroid disease. The positive correlation between free T4 and vitamin D concentrations suggests that adequate levothyroxine replacement in HT would be an essential factor in maintaining vitamin D at sufficient levels.