Graves' hyperthyroidism and moderate alcohol consumption: Evidence for disease prevention

Allan Carlé, Inge Bülow Pedersen, Nils Knudsen, Hans Perrild, Lars Ovesen, Lone Banke Rasmussen, Torben Jørgensen, Peter Marsvin Laurberg

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BACKGROUND: We recently demonstrated that moderate alcohol consumption is associated with a considerable reduction in the risk of autoimmune hypothyroidism, similar to findings in other autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis. We aimed to study a possible association between alcohol intake and autoimmune Graves' hyperthyroidism. DESIGN: population-based, case-control study METHODS: In a well-defined Danish population (2,027,208 person-years of observation), we prospectively identified patients with new overt thyroid dysfunction and studied 272 patients with Graves' hyperthyroidism. For each patient, we recruited four age-sex-region-matched controls with normal thyroid function (n=1,088). MEASUREMENTS: Participants gave detailed information on current and previous alcohol intake as well as other factors to be used for analyses. The association between alcohol intake and development of hyperthyroidism was analyzed in conditional multivariate Cox regression models. RESULTS: Graves' patients had a lower reported alcohol consumption than controls (median units of alcohol (12g) per week: 2 vs. 4, p
TidsskriftClinical Endocrinology
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)111-19
Antal sider9
StatusUdgivet - jul. 2013


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