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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 ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results 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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I've been told I have hypothyroidism, how come I don't have many symptoms?

I've been told I have hypothyroidism, how come I don't have many symptoms?

It is variable: The way hypothyroid persons feels is quite variable. Some feel very tired with small degrees of hypothyroidism, but I have seen people who were deeply hypothyroid by blood tests, feeling nothing at all. When hypothyroidism is significant in a young person, (tsh>10) treatment is recommended even if the patient feels well, because it can cause high cholesterol and possibly heart disease. ...Read more

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Please help! what happens if i don't take my hypothyroidism meds on a regular basis?

Please help! what happens if i don't take my hypothyroidism meds on a regular basis?

Incompletely treated: Hi. Your doc adjusts your thyroid dose assuming you're taking it everyday. She/he will adjust it higher until your thyroid function is at goal. If you then start taking it everyday all of a sudden, it could make you hyperthyroid. Try to remember to take it - you might feel better! Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm hypothyroid. What can happen if i don't take medication? And can I still lose weight?

I'm hypothyroid. What can happen if i don't take medication? And can I still lose weight?

Inactive Thyroid: I have no idea why you would put your body through this experiment. But no thyroid would lead to unwanted fatigue, unwanted depression, unwanted weight gain. It could lead to dry skin, brittle and breakable hair. You may feel cold even when it is warm. Your heart and other muscles will be sluggish. Shall i go on? ...Read more

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I've been told that I have hypothyroidism; how come I don't hardly any symptoms indicating that I do?

I've been told that I have hypothyroidism; how come I don't hardly any symptoms indicating that I do?

It depends on levels: Many people with mild hypothyroidism don't feel any different. Occasionally, even people with severe hypo feel normal. Severe hypo can lead to heart disease so it should be corrected even if the person feels well. In mild cases, this is questionable. ...Read more

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How long after thyroid levels are normalised should hypothyroid symptoms disappear? Hypo for 3 years previously, levels now ok but don't feel better.

How long after thyroid levels are normalised should hypothyroid symptoms disappear? Hypo for 3 years previously, levels now ok but don't feel better.

Hypo symptoms: The symptoms should clear quickly, over a few weeks. If your thyroid levels are normal, then your fatigue is not thyroid related. Talk to you doctor about this, but you should probably not focus on the thyroid anymore. ...Read more

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I had a physical at work and it said i had hypothyroidism. I don't think I have any symptoms other than getting cold easily. How worried should I be?

See your physician: I wouldn't worry, but i would make an appointment with your family physician and get thoroughly checked out. Sometimes, low thyroid has very few symptoms. A simple blood test, along with a basic physical, should help clarify the diagnosis. Get checked. ...Read more

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Is it ok if i don't have gag refluxes and is a sign of hypothyroidism?

Is it ok if i don't have gag refluxes and is a sign of hypothyroidism?

No: That is not a sign of hypothyroidism. However, if you already do have hypothyroidism, make sure your levels have been normalized with brand name T4 replacement. ...Read more

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I'm gaining weight i don't know how. Could it because of hypothyroidism?

I'm gaining weight i don't know how. Could it because of hypothyroidism?

Possible: But there are many more common causes for weight gain, like eating more than you burn off through activity. It's easy to have your doctor check your thyroid level to find out. ...Read more