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Are there any medications or foods etc I should avoid being hyperthyroid? Am awaiting specialist appointment. Dr started me on propanolol.

Are there any medications or foods etc I should avoid being hyperthyroid? Am awaiting specialist appointment. Dr started me on propanolol.

Hyperthyroid: If you are hyperthyroid, the Propranolol should make you feel better. Your metabolic rate is high, so you will need more calories than others. Don't eat seaweed (Kelp) because of the high iodine content, but who eats this anyway? Your doctor may start you on medications to suppress the thyroid and may talk about radioactive iodine treatment or surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Susan Wingo
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Overactive Thyroid (Definition)

Hyperthyroidism, often called "overactive thyroid, " is a condition where the thyroid secretes too much of the thyroid hormones. Common symptoms include heat intolerance, increased appetite, ...Read more


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What food do you need to avoid if you have a hyperthyroidism?

What food do you need to avoid if you have a hyperthyroidism?

Eat sensibly: You'd get the idea from reading "pop" articles online that diet is the way to manage most disease. It is not. Hyperthyroidism is serious -- and used to be a major killer -- but if you're complying with treatment, you may eat what you like, sensibly. Like most other folks, you'll do well to avoid greasy, salty, and sugary stuff as you're able. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are there foods to avoid consuming if someone has hyperthyroidism?

Mostly no: If you are hyperthyroid, you will need more calories to maintain your weight. Eat a balanced diet. You should avoid foods with very high iodine content, such as seaweed and kelp. Iodine at this point could stimulate the thyroid, and it is possible your doctor will want to give you radioactive iodine at some point, and the high iodine load from food will dilute the treatment. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Can hyperthyroid patient recover. What food can help?

Can hyperthyroid patient recover. What food can help?

Depends on type: There is no evidence that any specific food will be helpful in treating hyperthyroidism. The first step in treatment is to determine the type of hyperthyroidism; once this is known the patient and physician can decide together whether the best approach is medications, radioactive iodine, surgery, or observation (if the process will resolve on its own). ...Read more

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Are there any foods/fluids/lifestyles that help with the symptoms of Hyperthyroidism? Cups of tea seem to help but may just be placebic.

No: If you are hyperthyroid you need to be treated with medication or radioactive iodine. You should see an Endocrinologist. This is not a lifestyle issue ...Read more

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I have hyperthyroidism and I never have a appetite and when I do I can never eat all of my food... Help what can I do, I keep losing weight?

Treatment?: If you have an overactive thyroid, it needs to be treated to get your thyroid level back into the normal range. The treatment depends on the cause. You will continue to lose weight if the thyroid levels remain high. ...Read more

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Is eating salmon or any kind of sea food bad for hyperthyroidism?

Is eating salmon or any kind of sea food bad for hyperthyroidism?

No: While most seafood does contain iodide which the body used to produce thyroid hormone there is not enough of it to alter the activity of your thyroid. One exception may be seaweed which is very high in iodide. ...Read more

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Can hyperthyroidism alone cause difficulty swallowing? Swallowing not painful, I just feel the food when I swallow. I need to consciously swallow

Can hyperthyroidism alone cause difficulty swallowing? Swallowing not painful, I just feel the food when I swallow. I need to consciously swallow

Dysphagia: No. Hyperthyroidism alone will not cause difficulty swallowing, although you are not describing any difficulty, just awareness which is most likely due to anxiety. You have given us no information about yourself, not even your age, let alone medical, social or psychiatric history making it impossible to offer you a relevant response. ...Read more

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What veggies should I avoid for hyperthyroidism?

Eat balanced diet: If your thyroid is overactive, you need to get this treated. In the meantime, your body is hypermetabolic, and you will need to eat more calories to maintain your weight. There are no veggies that you need to avoid. A very large dose of iodine (eg. Radiographic contrast, some otc cold remedies) can sometimes worsen the hyperthyroidism but the iodine in a normal diet will not. ...Read more

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What exercise best to do and to avoid if I have hyperthyroid?

What exercise best to do and to avoid if I have hyperthyroid?

No restrictions: As long as the hyperthyroidism is treated and under control, you can exercise just like anybody else. ...Read more

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My dad's diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. What best practices can we adapt (diet, etc) to avoid further complications? He's prescribed with methymazole

My dad's diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. What best practices can we adapt (diet, etc) to avoid further complications? He's prescribed with methymazole

Avoid iodine: The only recommended dietary restriction is avoid excess iodine, such as in kelp, seaweed, sushi. Depending on the cause for the hyperthyroidism, he may need additional treatment than methimazole. No smoking is important. He should avoid overexertion until thyroid levels are normal. ...Read more

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Should I avoid banana n soy milk soy product for my subclinical hyperthyroid?

Should I avoid banana n soy milk soy product for my subclinical hyperthyroid?

Hyperthyroid: Found no references to banana, but soy if u are allergic to it, may worsen thyroid condition. See http://www. Ehow. Com/facts_5484988_foods-avoid-hyperthyroidism.Html for other foods recommended to avoid in hyperthyroidism. Your endocrinologist may have a list of foods to eat & those to avoid as well. ...Read more

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2.5 months back my TSH is >150.started levothyraxine 100.now my TSH is 0.88.now I want to reduce my dosage to 50 to avoid hyperthyroidism. Is it ok?

2.5 months back my TSH is >150.started levothyraxine 100.now my TSH is 0.88.now I want to reduce my dosage to 50 to avoid hyperthyroidism. Is it ok?

No: You have permanent primary hypothyroidism. Your thyroid does not work. You need to take the correct dose of levothyroxine to keep your TSH normal. A TSH of 0.88 is normal, showing that you are taking the correct dose. Taking a smaller dose will make your thyroid level low again. ...Read more

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I have hyperthyroid but I love coffee. Should I avoid cofee completely due to heart palpitations?

Yes: Yes, I would avoid coffee, but more importantly, I would try to work with your doctor to get better control of your hyperthyroidism. Until you have better thyroid control, try decaf coffee or herbal teas. ...Read more

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Hyperthyroidism (Definition)

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