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Best foods for thyroid disorders?

Best foods for thyroid disorders?

Doesn't matter: There are no foods that are good or bad for your thyroid. I don't know what kind of thyroid disorder you have, but as long as you receive adequate iodine in your food, your diet won't affect thyroid status. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Is garlic good for thyroid disorders?

Is garlic good for thyroid disorders?

It depends: Garlic and onions are both goitrogens, meaning they can cause an enlarged thyroid gland and low function of it. So for a normal functioning or low functioning, it could make the function worse but for hyperthyroidism, it will have more of a controlling event. ...Read more

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Suggest some diet plans for someone with a thyroid condition?

Suggest some diet plans for someone with a thyroid condition?

Diet and exercise: Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Make half your meal vegetables and fruits. Go for variety. And keep in mind that potatoes and french fries dont count. Choose whole grains & limit refined grains. Pick the healthiest sources of protein. Drink lots of water. Stay active. Check out http://www.Sparkpeople.Com or http://www.Myfitnesspal.Com. ...Read more

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Can a thyroid disorder lead to thyroid cancer?

Can a thyroid disorder lead to thyroid cancer?

Yes, in some cases: Anytime there is chronic inflammation in a part of the body, that increases cell turnover and the risk of cancer is increased. This is true of most organ systems in the body. The relative risk depends on many things, such as the specific nature of the thyroid disorder, how it was/is treated and whether or not there is ongoing inflammation in the gland. I suggest discussing this with endocrinology. ...Read more

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Is Armour Thyroid a good supplement for hypothyroidism treatment?

Is Armour Thyroid a good supplement for hypothyroidism treatment?

T3 (liothyronine) and T4: t3 (liothyronine) thyroid is active thyroid. T4 thyroid converts to t3 (liothyronine). T3 (liothyronine) gets metabolized fast. High t3 (liothyronine) will suppress tsh. TSH stimulates the thyroid to make t4 and t3 (liothyronine). For some people armour thyroid is good. For some it has a little too much t3 (liothyronine). There is medicine that is all t3 (liothyronine) and all t4. I like armour thyroid. T4 is popular. ...Read more

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Is banana good for thyroid? What other foods are good for thyroid function?

Fruits and Health: There are no specific benefits for the thyroid from any specific fruit. ...Read more

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How come weight loss supplements dangerous for those with thyroid disease?

How come weight loss supplements dangerous for those with thyroid disease?

Caffeine: This question is more relevant to individuals with the diagnosis of hyperthyroidism. As you may already know, many of theses so called "diet" supplements contain caffeine or caffeine like ingredients that tend to raise heart rate. Those who have hyperthyroidism, especially if not treated or under treated, can be at risk of cardiac arrhythmias/fainting spells if large amount of caffeine ingested. ...Read more

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Are nutritional counseling for eating disorders helpful?

Are nutritional counseling for eating disorders helpful?

Yes: In my experience with patients with eating disorders it is essential to have both a counselor to help deal with the control issues and a nutritionist with experience specifically in eating disorders. So yes yes yes such counseling is helpful. ...Read more

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Can iodine supplements help regulate thyroid function in a person with hypothyroidism?

Can iodine supplements help regulate thyroid function in a person with hypothyroidism?

Iodine supplements usually aren't necessary if you live in the United States or in most developed countries: Some alternative medicine practitioners recommend iodine tablets or kelp supplements — which are high in iodine — for people with hypothyroidism. It is true that iodine deficiency can cause hypothyroidism. But iodine deficiency is rare in the United States and other developed countries since the addition of iodine to salt (iodized salt) and other foods. If iodine deficiency isn't the cause of hypothyroidism, then iodine supplements provide no benefit and should not be used. In fact, for some people with abnormal thyroid glands, too much iodine can cause or worsen hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism can be safely and effectively treated with the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levothroid, others). ...Read more

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Can thyroid medicines be stopped for sub clinical thyroid?

Can thyroid medicines be stopped for sub clinical thyroid?

In some cases: Talk to your doctor before doing this and come up with a plan to monitor you and make sure that your hypothyroidism is still subclinical, meaning that it is causing no ill effects. Many times, though, subclinical hypothyroidism will progress to overt hypothyroidism, so you and your doctor will need to monitor this for many years. ...Read more

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Any reason for a high level for thyroid peroxidase antibody other than hypothyroidism?

Any reason for a high level for thyroid peroxidase antibody other than hypothyroidism?

Yes and no: A positive tpo antibody merely means that you may have hashimoto's disease. The wickham and framingham studies show that people with + abs will eventually get hypothyroid. + abs are also seen in patients with hyperthyroidism due to graves" disease. ...Read more

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What is a healthy diet for someone with an underactive thyroid?

What is a healthy diet for someone with an underactive thyroid?

No special changes.: No need to alter your diet for hypothyroidism. Eat a healthy balanced diet like you normally should. ...Read more

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I have an underactive thyroid. Aside from diet and exercise, what are some recommended thyroid medications to help with losing weight?

None : Although commonly believed to cause weight loss, properly dosed thyroid hormone does not produce more than a 5-10 pound loss of water weight. Diet and exercise, that is the key. ...Read more

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Is there an effective diet for weight loss for those with hypothyroidism?

Is there an effective diet for weight loss for those with hypothyroidism?

Same as for others: First, make sure the hypothyroidism is controlled. Most people do best with a TSH between 0.5 and 3.0. Once this is done, the metabolism should be about the same as without hypothyroidism. So. . . Eat fewer calories than you burn off. One way to boost the metabolism is to increase muscle mass with strengthening exercises. This takes time, but can really pay off. ...Read more

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Are there any diet supplements for thyroid issues?

Are there any diet supplements for thyroid issues?

Iodine, Zinc: Along with b-100 (b-complex), vitamin c, magnesium, l-carnitine has been shown to help the body convert T4 to T3 (liothyronine) the active form of thyroid hormone. ...Read more

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What diet is best for adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism?

What diet is best for adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism?

FATIGUE EVAL: You need full EXAM AND labs. CBC/CMP/B12/FOLATE /CORTISOL /TFTS/VITD/CRP//SED RATE//IRON STUDIES/LYME TITERS. While work up is under way. Gluten free diet Wholeapproach.com gutbliss.com. And high potency vitamins. Rejuvenation-science.com TSH is elevated in HYPOTHYROIDISM. CORTISOL IS LOW IN ADRENAL DEFICIENCY. ...Read more

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What causes thyroid disorders?

What causes thyroid disorders?

Three main causes: Hi. The three main causes of thyroid disorders are: 1) autoimmunity, 2) neoplasia, and 3) trivially, thyroid surgery (usually done because of #2). Autoimmunity can cause hypo- or hyperthyroidism. Neoplasia can be benign, malignant, or can cause hyperthyroidism (hyperthyroid nodules are always benign; reportable otherwise). Surgery to remove the thyroid (usually for cancer) is trivial. ...Read more

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Best foods for thyroid disorders?

Doesn't matter: There are no foods that are good or bad for your thyroid. I don't know what kind of thyroid disorder you have, but as long as you receive adequate iodine in your food, your diet won't affect thyroid status. ...Read more

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Is garlic good for thyroid disorders?

It depends: Garlic and onions are both goitrogens, meaning they can cause an enlarged thyroid gland and low function of it. So for a normal functioning or low functioning, it could make the function worse but for hyperthyroidism, it will have more of a controlling event. ...Read more

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What are the symtoms of thyroid disorders?

Depends on Disorder: An overactive thyroid may make you feel like you just drank a pot of coffee: jittery, anxious, rapid/irregular heart beat, headache, insomnia, more frequent trips to the bathroom, weight loss, weak. Underactive thyroid may feel like you're tired all the time, constipated, dry skin/hair, maybe a little weight gain. There may be other symptoms but these are the most common. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of thyroid disorders?

What is the symptoms of thyroid disorders?

Symptoms of Thyroid: You ask a question that is too broad to answer here in only 400 characters. There are a large number of thyroid disorders and they have many symptoms. Overactive: lose weight, buggy eyes Underactive: gain weight, feel cold, high BP I recommend you google thyroid disorders and symptoms and read. The best detailed source I use is uptodate.com ...Read more

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How are thyroid disorders usually diagnosed?

How are thyroid disorders usually diagnosed?

Lab tests: Early thyroid hypo- or hyper-activity may be asymptomatic. Thyroid function tests are among the commonest lab tests and most functional thyroid disorders are picked up with these tests. If thyroid tumor is suspected due to mass, fine needle aspirate is usually done for diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are some good foods that help with thyroid disorders?

What are some good foods that help with thyroid disorders?

Balanced diet: Overall, the thyroid needs iodine to make thyroid hormone. However, excessive amount of iodine can affect thyroid function. Eating a balanced diet with iodized salt and considering a multivitamin with 150 mcg potassium iodide is a sensible approach. ...Read more

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Are thyroid disorders genetic?

Most are: Hashimoto's and graves disease are classic hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism respectfully and are autoimmune in nature. You inherit and hla antigen which predisposes you to their development from your parents. You may never develop disorder. Of course if you remove your thyroid, you would have a low thyroid condition, in addition there are multiple drugs that can contribute to thyroid dysfunction. ...Read more

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Can thyroid disorders be related to fibromialgia?

Thyroid/fibromyalgia: Many patients with hypothyroidism also have symptoms of fibromyalgia. Some of the symptms are overlapping like depression, muscle and joint pain.Many people believe that both are auto immune diseases, so we always check thyroid enzymes and antibodies in patients with fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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Why do thyroid disorders cause metabolic problmes?

Why do thyroid disorders cause metabolic problmes?

Control metabolism: Thyroid is a gland that is major controller of metabolism in a body. ...Read more

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Is there any connection between the vitiligo and thyroid disorders?

Is there any connection between the vitiligo and thyroid disorders?

Can be: Many thyroid problems are due to automimunity, and vitiligo is also caused by autoimmunity. Autoimmunity means that one's immune system is making abnormal antibodies that target one's own proteins. So it is not true that thyroid problems cause vitiligo, or vitiligo causes thyroid problems, it is true that autoimmunity (hereditary) causes both. ...Read more

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Can thyroid disorders cause problems with sleeping?

Yes: Hyperthyroidism can cause insomnia. Hypothyroidism can cause fatigue and daytime sleepiness. The real question is whether your thyroid condition is affecting your sleep as there are many factors which can goof up sleep. A sleep specialist could help sort that out. ...Read more

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In what ways do thyroid disorders affect homeostasis?

In what ways do thyroid disorders affect homeostasis?

Broadly speaking...: An under active thyroid slows metabolism. An overactive thyroid increases metabolic rate. However, other subtle or not subtle issues can occur. Low thyroid is associated with mild depression in early disease, and the hormone "prolactin, " may elevate. Heavy menstrual bleeding is common. In overactive thyroid states, menstrual bleeding may become scant, hair may become fine and brittle. ...Read more

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Can thyroid disorders cause premature hair graying?

Can thyroid disorders cause premature hair graying?

Not directly: Thyroid disease is usually caused by autoimmunity, where the immune system make abnormal antibodies that target someone's own proteins. People with one autoimmune condition may have others, including a situation where antibodies target melanin-proding cells in hair follicles leading to hairs without pigment (white or gray). ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more