Article ID: EJ20-0062
Previous reports indicate that selenium supplementation may be useful to reduce cell oxidative stress. In particular, selenium may decrease the level of thyroid autoantibodies in patients with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (HT). Recent studies also indicate that myo-inositol may have beneficial effects on thyroid function in patients with HT. Hence, the aim of the present study is to evaluate whether myo-inositol may enhance the protective effect of selenium on HT progression to hypothyroidism. The study was designed as observational and retrospective. Thyroid hormones were evaluated in patients with HT who were either euthyroid or subclinically hypothyroid. These patients were subdivided into three groups: untreated, treated with selenomethionine alone (Se-meth: 83 μg/day) and treated with Se-meth plus myo-inositol (Se-meth + Myo-I: 83 μg/day + 600 mg/day). Outcome evaluation was performed at baseline and after 6 and 12 months of treatment. High-resolution ultrasound of the thyroid gland was performed to evaluate changes in thyroid echoic pattern during the study. Compared to baseline, levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) increased significantly in untreated patients but decreased by 31% and 38%, respectively, in those treated with Se-meth and Se-meth + Myo-I. Moreover, in the latter group the TSH reduction was observed earlier than in the Se-meth-treated group. Densitometric analysis of thyroid ultrasonography showed an echoic pattern improvement in both treated groups compared to untreated patients, although this difference was not statistically significant. Thus, Se-meth treatment is effective in patients with HT and its effect may be improved in combination with Myo-I through earlier achievement of TSH levels closer to physiological concentrations.