AUTOIMMUNE THYROIDITIS WITH HYPOTHYROIDISM INDUCED BY SUGAR SUBSTITUTES IN AYURVEDA - COMPARATIVE STUDY

Dr. Arti Jain

Abstract


Many of us have heard or read about artificial sweeteners affecting the thyroid.That was a stunning example reported at first time in American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 22nd Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress. Hypothyroidism  is  posing  a major  challenge  both  in  developing  as  well  as  developed  countries.The use of sugar substitutes (artificial sweeteners or non-nutritive sweeteners) has increased dramatically in the past few decades. They have been used as a substitute for sucrose (table sugar) in various diet-related disorders. Their excessive use has been linked to hyperphagia and obesity-related disorders. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (chronic autoimmune thyroiditis) is a disease that involves the immune-mediated destruction of the thyroid gland, gradually leading to its failure. Animal studies report that artificial sweeteners affect the immune system. Moreover, animal studies show that sucralose diminishes the thyroid axis activity.

Ayurveda  from  its  existence  into  the  modern  world  is  facing  a  major  challenge.Endocrine disorders are difficult to understand in  Ayurveda.Though certain disorders  like Diabetes mellitus are  well  described  in  various  Ayurvedic  texts  but  as  far  as  diseases  of  thyroid  gland  are concerned  they  are  not  well  understood.In  Ayurveda  ,  we  correlates  the  disorders  caused  by thyroid  gland  as  Galganda,  Gandmaala  etc  but  the concept  of  hormone overproduction  or  under secretion  is  somewhere missing.Hence  ,  here  is  an  attempt to get  the understanding  of  disease autoimmune Hypothyroidism  induced by sugar substitute through various ayurvedic principles.


Keywords


Hashimoto's thyroiditis , sugar substitutes, Ayurvedic Galgand, Autoimmune formaldehyde, samparpti, hypothyroidism

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