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Health-related Behaviours of Women Diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease

1Division of Engineering and Cereals Technology, Department of Plant Food Technology and Gastronomy, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Skromna 8, 20-704 Lublin, Poland


Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2019, Vol. 7 No. 9, 656-661
DOI: 10.12691/jfnr-7-9-6
Copyright © 2019 Science and Education Publishing

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Sykut-Domańska Emilia, Krawęcka Ada, Piłat Monika. Health-related Behaviours of Women Diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease. Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2019; 7(9):656-661. doi: 10.12691/jfnr-7-9-6.

Correspondence to: Krawęcka  Ada, Division of Engineering and Cereals Technology, Department of Plant Food Technology and Gastronomy, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Skromna 8, 20-704 Lublin, Poland. Email: ada.krawecka@gmail.com

Abstract

The survey was conducted to assess health-related behaviours of women diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis also known as Hashimoto's disease. A correlation was found between the respondents' age and the body mass index. The presence of comorbidities was significantly correlated with both the body mass index and respondents' age. It was shown that respondents with excessive body weight developed cardiovascular diseases more often (p=0.01) than the other women. Respondents aged 30-39 years maintained normal body weight more often than the 40-49-year-olds (p=0.001). Nearly half of the respondents did not receive additional recommendations (n=63, 45.5%) from the attending doctor on supplementation or changes in the lifestyle. The most frequent recommendations included supplementation with vitamin D, introduction of a diet, physical activity, and avoidance of stress. There are still no guidelines for Hashimoto's thyroiditis patients that would systematise the current knowledge of the general treatment of this disease.

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