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please suggest what foods or drinks to avoid with an overactive thyroid?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Avoid stimulants: If your thyroid is overactive, your metabolic rate will be higher, and you will need more calories, fluids, etc. Usually appetite/thirst drives this. But you are already hyper...Stimulated by the thyroid hormone. Careful with the caffeine, and by all means don't use extra stimulants, like red bull, or equivalent. See your doctor and get your thyroid under control.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Watch OTC meds: Agree w/ dr kern's answer. I would also suggest caution with otc (over-the-counter) products, especially those containing a decongestant used for relief of cold and allergy symptoms. Many otc products include a warning not to use them if you have thyroid disease. If your overactive thyroid is mild or has been successfully treated, they may be fine, but check w/ your doctor.

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What are the symptoms of an overactive thyroid?

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Ok i've got overactive thyroid. What should I do?

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Can you practice intermitten fasting if you have an overactive thyroid?

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Yes once controlled: Once your thyroid level is well controlled (within a normal range), then intermittent fasting would probably be okay. Of course, fasting can mean a lot of different things. I'm assuming you mean not eating anything for a period of time - this is generally safe for a day or so but for prolonged fasts - thyroid problems or not - you need to make sure you are fasting in a healthy way.
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Can an overactive thyroid be cured with medication?

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Dr. Robert Lang
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Treated not cured: Medication will control the overactivity of the thyroid and radioactive iodine will usually control the overactivity. Surgery will cure it but will leave you with need to take thyroid hormone by mouth for the rest of your life.

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