Science at BOOST Thyroid

Photo: Sharon Pittaway/Unsplash. Design: BOOST Thyroid.

Photo: Sharon Pittaway/Unsplash. Design: BOOST Thyroid.

Autoimmune conditions occur when the immune system mistakenly treats a normal healthy part of the body as an invader.

So in the case of Hashimoto’s, the immune system attacks the thyroid and causes it to become underactive. Levothyroxine is the first line of treatment for an underactive thyroid and it’s the second most prescribed medication in the US.

Having an underactive or overactive thyroid affects the body in many ways—impacting most organs and causing a variety of health complications. Fortunately, medication and lifestyle changes are key factors in improving the negative symptoms caused by thyroid conditions. Suitable treatment and healthy habits vary individually, so it might take time and effort to figure out what works best for each person.

Knowledge is crucial here. Our mission at BOOST Thyroid is to ameliorate the effects of autoimmune conditions by inspiring a lifetime of healthy habits. We do this by delivering actionable health information, alongside providing people with autoimmune conditions a comprehensive tool to preventively manage and improve their health. These resources empower patients by enabling them to practice preventive healthcare measures, so accurate information is essential.

The informational health content we publish is peer-reviewed, science-based, and fact-checked. We take the sources of our information very seriously, as only thorough information can positively shape the way patients take control of their health. That’s why evidence-based science from medical publications is the foundation of all of our online and in-app content.

With ongoing research in thyroid health and autoimmune conditions, we’ll occasionally discuss new findings these field. New findings means that perhaps just one or just a few research studies discovered a certain result—whenever this is the case, we’re always transparent about the need for more research to back up a claim.

At the end of our in-app informational text and every article we publish, we list all of the references (from scientific journals) that were used in the production of the piece. References are individually numbered and ordered sequentially—they appear throughout the text as numbers in brackets.

Alongside sourcing information from scientific journals, we also conduct our own internal research that our users can contribute to. Participating in our internal research helps advance thyroid healthcare. We also collaborate with researchers from top institutions—including the University of Oxford and KTH, Royal Institute of Technology—as well as medical doctors specializing in endocrinology.

Thyroid conditions can often take years to diagnose due to their complex nature and lack of research, resulting in the lack of evidence based knowledge. With our reliable informational health content and app with 30+ tracking thyroid related categories (18 symptoms, 10 lab test types, 5 lifestyle factors, 8 supplements, and 3 thyroid medications), we intend to speed up diagnoses and provide patients with assets that will enable them to make themselves healthier.

Through our tools the doctor–patient relationship can be improved, as doctors can dig deeper into understanding how the condition affects their patients, while patients are more aware of how the condition makes them feel. This results in better shared decision making.

Take control of your thyroid condition and health (if you’re a doctor, understand how your patient feels every minute of their journey) by downloading BOOST Thyroid today. 


If you’re a researcher, contact us for research study opportunities at hello@boosthealthapp.com

Clar McWeeney