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Doctor insights on: Average Life Expectancy With Hypothyroidism

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What diet should someone with hypothyroid follow? Avoid what foods?

What diet should someone with hypothyroid follow? Avoid what foods?

Iodine good.: Foods from the sea have iodine good. Ones that bind up iodine bad (these are all the healthy broccoli family foods like broccoli, kale, cabbage). Just have more good than bad and don't do silly amounts of either

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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Life expectancy for congential hypothyroidism?

Life expectancy for congential hypothyroidism?

Normal: In the bad old days, these people would live normal life spans but remain tiny and simple-minded, like children. Read about "cretins". To allow this to happen to a child today is a disaster, but a few million children in our world suffer from this just from iodine deficiency because of misplaced priorities.

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At approximately what percent below average does the metabolism operate for a 25 year old female with severe hypothyroidism?

At approximately what percent below average does the metabolism operate for a 25 year old female with severe hypothyroidism?

Replacement?: The simple answer is if you are on the correct dose of thyroid replacement probably none. Your blood test for TSH will determine if you are in "balance".

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How long does it take on average for hypothyroid medication to start working?

How long does it take on average for hypothyroid medication to start working?

Thyroid Medication: Is usually "adjusted" ove a 30-60 day period of time util the proper replacement levels are achieved! Although the hormone acts immediately the symptoms of a under-active thyroid take a while to abate! Hope this helps! Dr Z

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Type 2 diabetic, gain weight but, no appetite. Eat very little. Average activity. Work, play with kids, etc. Hypothyroidism?

Type 2 diabetic, gain weight but, no appetite. Eat very little. Average activity. Work, play with kids, etc. Hypothyroidism?

Weight gain: If your TSH is normal, you may be gaining weight due to edema formation, or water retention. In that state, you would be gaining 1-2 lbs/day and have to get up at night several times to urinate. Have your physician evaluate you for edema, which could be caused by proteinuria and check your tsh. Good luck.

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What percentage does the average fertility drop after the age of 35 years I am 39 I have hypothyroidism and a 22m fibroid and I want another baby?

What percentage does the average fertility drop after the age of 35 years I am 39 I have hypothyroidism and a 22m fibroid and I want another baby?

Percentages: Really aren't well defined, and in most ways don't really matter. Female fertility is too variable during these years: some 37 year olds can no longer conceive, some 41 year olds conceive easily. One estimate is that at age 40, 50% of females will no longer be able to get pregnant.

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Is hypothyroidism a dangerous (even life threatening) condition? What can happen if left untreated?

Is hypothyroidism a dangerous (even life threatening) condition? What can happen if left untreated?

Yes: Often mild hypothyroidism, which is more common as you get older, can go unchecked for a long time--months to years. Severe hypothyroidism is another story--medically known as myxedema coma --it is a rare but life-threatening condition. Hypothyroidism is easy tested and treated, thus check with your doctor...

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Someone posted " is hypothyroidism curable" a dr stated that it is if you continue taking meds. So if a cure meant taking meds for life that can't me curable just regulated. Doesn't cure mean heal?

Someone posted " is hypothyroidism curable" a dr stated that it is if you continue taking meds. So if a cure meant taking meds for life that can't me curable just regulated. Doesn't cure mean heal?

Maybe: It really depends on the reason why one is hypothyroid. If it is due to environmental toxicicity, such as heavy metals or endocrine disrupters, avoiding exposure and decreasing toxic load may help and your thyroid may recover in time. But it is not easy, and you need a skilled doctor to help you.

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I am having hypothyroidism do I need to take meds my whole life time.

I am having hypothyroidism do I need to take meds my whole life time.

Probably: The most common cause for hypothyroidism is autoimmune destruction of the thyroid gland (hashimoto's thyroiditis). This typically results in a permanently low thyroid, though in early disease one can have episodes of normal or even high thyroid levels. There are also temporary causes for hypothyroidism including recovering subacute thyroiditis, and postpartum thyroiditis.

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I have been an asthmatic my whole life, could the medicine cause hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism: Unusual causes of drug-induced hypothyroidism include: Amiodarone Eating a large amount of iodine-containing seaweed Nitroprusside Perchlorate Povidone iodine (Betadine) Sulfonylureas Drugs which used to treat hyperthyroidism could do it, too like PTU, (propylthiouracil) radioactive iodine, potassium iodide, and methimazol. Hypothyroidism is not uncommon among women.

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Is it possible to have hypothyroid and after taking meds for it then it can be corrected and no meds needed after that? Or life long meds?

Is it possible to have hypothyroid and after taking meds for it then it can be corrected and no meds needed after that? Or life long meds?

Yes, it is possible: Transient hypothyroidism occurs. Some conditions cause thyroids to malfunction temporarily, and in those cases, the thyroid will recover on its own and you will not need lifelong medications.

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What are the medications used to treat hypothyroidism? Should it be stopped after thyroid levels are normal or continued for life. Can it be cured

Medications used to treat hypothyroidism: Most common medication is Levothyroxine, brand name = Synthroid. The goal is to have thyroid levels within normal limits-the blood test is TSH. Probably should be treated rest of your life, since Hypothyroid is not usually cured, but controlled. Hypothyroid is usually due to decreased function due to prior viral infection, or no function due to prior surgical removal of thyroid gland

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I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and I have been a thin woman for all my life. The medication prescribed by doctors make me loose weight?

I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and I have been a thin woman for all my life. The medication prescribed by doctors make me loose weight?

Thyroid weight: Yes thyroid medication can boost metabolism and cause weight loss. But thyroid function can affect every organ, including, hair, skin, and nails, digestion, menstrual cycle etc. Balancing the thyroid function can help ine ery organ system.

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By eliminating gluten from my diet will that help me lose weight? I have hypothyroidism don't want medicine for the rest of my life if I can help it.

If you have: Hypothyroidism, you will need brand name T4 replacement the rest of your life, you can't help that, your body needs it. Elimination of gluten from your diet may help your intestinal tract if you're sensitive to gluten, but won't help w/weight loss. Only diet, exercise, calorie restriction will do that. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet.

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I am 28f.i have pcos and hypothyroidism. What diet should I take to have risk free life.

I am 28f.i have pcos and hypothyroidism. What diet should I take to have risk free life.

Healthy diet: Low high glycemic index diet, lean meat, fish, more vegetables and at least 4 daily small meals and exercise. Avoid fried foods, sugary beverages and preserved foods as much as possible

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Can you get hypothyroidism from having a 2nd child? If I end up having it, is it dangerous/life threatening once you start taking a treatment pill?

Autoimmune thyroid: Autoimmune thyroid disease spans graves hyperthyroidism to hashimotos hypothyroidism. Sometime pregnancy can set this off in susceptible people. Don't blame the pregnancy. You were probably destined. Treatment with thyroid replacement hormone is easy.

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If I go on a medication for hypothyroidism like Synthroid (thyroxine) to repair a short term issue secondary to other meds will I be dependent on it for life?

If I go on a medication for hypothyroidism like Synthroid (thyroxine) to repair a short term issue secondary to other meds will I be dependent on it for life?

Need vs dependent: If one's doctor has recommended synthroid (thyroxine) for a hypothyroid condition, it is because of a need. Occasionally one may no longer need the synthroid (thyroxine) and it can be stopped without fear of dependence. Most, however, will need it lifelong.

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24 yo female, had TSH come back as 4.53. Was told it was normal but I've felt hypothyroidism symptoms & have been an athlete my whole life

24 yo female, had TSH come back as 4.53. Was told it was normal but I've felt hypothyroidism symptoms & have been an athlete my whole life

F/u and check iron: First, by current guidelines this is not a normal TSH. Nl is generally now considered to be between 0.4 & 4 & some say 0.4 to 3.5. This should be rechecked in a few weeks with thyroid antibodies and a free T4. Sx's in levels at this range are controversial. Iron/B12 levels should be checked as deficiency of these can cause sx's just like thyroid dz, be caused be thyroid dz & are often overlooked.