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What are the foods good for diffuse goiter? And what are the food to to avoid?

What are the foods good for diffuse goiter? And what are the food to to avoid?

Please refocus: If you have a diffuse goiter, you need to find the cause. If you have graves' or are iodine deficient (does your town use iodized salt?), your health will be ruined without real, scientific treatment. If you are one of the many millions of folks who just has a big thyroid, diet's not going to affect it; if you / your dr feel it needs to be treated, scientific medicine once again can help. ...Read more

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Thyroid Enlargement (Definition)

Thyroid enlargement refers to a thyroid gland that is larger than normal. The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck, below the Adam's apple, and may become enlarged due to hyper or hypo-thyroidism. An enlarged thyroid is also ...Read more


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Good morning doctor... I just wanna ask what are the foods good for goiter? Thnx

Good morning doctor... I just wanna ask what are the foods good for goiter? Thnx

Please see below: Iodine is undoubtedly most helpful in many cases, but should be introduced in organic form. All foods containing iodine should be taken liberally. These are asparagus, cabbage, carrots, garlic, onion, oats, pineapple, whole rice, tomatoes, watercress and strawberries. ...Read more

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Food cannot eat f u had goiter?

Food cannot eat f u had goiter?

Mostly bromine: Some worry about raw cruciferous veggies like broccoli ; cauliflower -- but you can avoid the problem by cooking them. The main culprit is brominated compounds, found in some soft drinks like mountain dew, gatorade, sun drop, squirt, fresca and other citrus-flavored sodas; pesticides on strawberries, etc; bakery goods ; flours containing potassium bromate http://tinyurl.Com/y9lfc3w read labels! ...Read more

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What food I'm gonna eat if have goiter?

Iodine: The most common cause of goiter world wide is from Iodine deficiency. Foods rich in iodine include sea vegetables, cranberries, yogurt, strawberries and potatoes. There are other reasons for goiter, so be sure see your physician to ensure it truly is from iodine deficiency. ...Read more

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If someone have goiter what food not allowed to eat?

If someone have goiter what food not allowed to eat?

Cause of goiter: It is more important to determine the cause of goiter. Goiter is the term for enlarged thyroid gland and you need to consult your doctor to ascertain the cause and have proper treatment. ...Read more

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Foods shoulb be avoid in multinoduler goiter?

Foods shoulb be avoid in multinoduler goiter?

No food restrictions: Worldwide, the common reason for goiter is a lack of iodine, known as iodine deficiency. In order to absorb as much iodine from the bloodstream as possible, the thyroid gets bigger due to an increase in thyroid cells. In america, people get enough iodine in their diet (usually through iodine added to salt), so there aren't good nor bad foods with regard to the thyroid problem. ...Read more

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What is the food intake if you have colliod goiter?

What is the food intake if you have colliod goiter?

DOesn't matter: What you eat, as the goiter won't be affected -- but eat less, exercise more, and stay lean for other health reasons. ...Read more

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Good morning... Doc, What are the risk of having a goiter?

Goiter: A goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland, and it may be diffuse or nodular. Because of the anatomic location of the thyroid in the body - abnormal growth may cause a variety of compressive syndromes. That said, thyroid function may be normal (nontoxic goiter), overactive (toxic goiter), or underactive (hypothyroid goiter). Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce a thyroid goiter?

Cause??: If a goiter is the result of anti-thyroid antibodies and your thyroid function is normal, there isn't much to be done. It will eventually go down on its own as long as thryoid function is kept normal. If from over/under active thyroid, medication may help. Multinodular goiters are more complicated and may need surgery. Other reasons also, so please discuss cause/treatment options with doctor. ...Read more

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I have toxic goiter what food should I eat and avoid?

I have toxic goiter what food should I eat and avoid?

Get treated: Diet matters little or noting. You have graves disease or less likely one or more hot nodules. This will first make your life totally miserable and then kill you unless you accept definitive treatment (surgery, radioactive iodine) and until then the medication that will control it. Despite what you may read on the internet, diet and supplements aren't the key in managing life-threatening disease. ...Read more

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Can any food supplements like amway & usana help in reducing an enlarged goiter which is not functioning at all?

No: Most "idiopathic nodular goiter" is probably caused by genetic mutations with little malignant potential. Diet won't affect it but suppressing the thyroid-pituitary system by giving supplemental thyroid may reduce the thyroid's size. ...Read more

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Hi doc what is the best food for goiter?? And what medication should I take? Thanks

Hi doc what is the best food for goiter?? And what medication should I take? Thanks

Goiter: I don't know of anything that suggests food has an effect on a goiter. That said, is your thyroid enlarged or troubling you? Does the goiter interfere with your eating? Trouble swallowing? If any of these are causing a problem you should probably have a surgeon look at your goiter and decide what to do about it. ...Read more

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Can size of thyroid multinodular goiter be reduced?

Can size of thyroid multinodular goiter be reduced?

Maybe: If you treat with levothyroxine, lowering the tsh, the goiter may shrink. But often it does not, at least not much. There is also a risk of inducing hyperthyroidism. If there is a cyst, aspiration of the cyst may shrink the gland, but the fluid in the cyst often comes back. If the goiter is big and compressing airway or esophagus, surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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Are there any good ways to prevent goiter or hypothyroidism if I have an iodine allergy?

Techincally no such: You may be allergic to iodinated chemical compounds, such as radiographic dies, but you cannot be allergic to "the elemental" iodine, or iodine as a charged particle. Iodine is your thyroid, exist throughout your body, and you certainly can take in iodinized salt. This should not be a problem. Talk with your primary care doctor, an endocrinologist, or an allergy specialist, if you have doubts! ...Read more

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I have a diffuse toxic goiter or also known as grave's disease. Currently, I am under medication. What food should I eat and avoid? Thank you!

I have a diffuse toxic goiter or also known as grave's disease. Currently, I am under medication. What food should I eat and avoid? Thank you!

Avoid excess iodine: The only dietary restriction with Graves disease is to avoid excess iodine in your diet, such as kelp, seaweed. Also try to avoid having a radiologic study that requires IV contrast that contains iodine. ...Read more

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Good evening doc. i was at my doctor last week to check my neck... he found out that i have goiter and the THS is 2.9... what shall i do? pls help me.

Follow advice: You may need medication to help shrink the thyroid and you will probably need a nuclear scan. Please follow your physician's advice. ...Read more

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My daughter is 18 and had an ultrasound which found a multinodular goiter she also has swollen lymph nodes but these look good on the ultrasound w?

My daughter is 18 and had an ultrasound which found a multinodular goiter she also has swollen lymph nodes but these look good on the ultrasound w?

Nodules: If the thyroid nodules are smaller than 10mm, than nothing other than followup may be needed. Otherwise further workup may be needed. Swollen lymph nodes should improve with time and followup examation or ultrasound would be warranted. If they dont improve, further workup can be done. Talk with your physician. ...Read more

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Can a thyroid cyst, thyroiditis or goiter cause food or pills to get stuck in the throat?

Can a thyroid cyst, thyroiditis or goiter cause food or pills to get stuck in the throat?

Goiter - yes: Due to the size of a thyroid goiter, it can compress the esophagus. This can increase the chance of causing pills and food to become stuck. A simple thyroid cyst or classic thyroiditis should not cause this symptom. ...Read more

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Don't laugh! can putting an ice pack on my throat reduce the swelling? (i have a goiter & i hate it w/a fiery passion) could it be harmful?

Don't laugh! can putting an ice pack on my throat reduce the swelling? (i have a goiter & i hate it w/a fiery passion) could it be harmful?

Goiter: Is an enlarged thyroid gland. It could be due to an under active gland but there are different reasons for it but ice packs will not make it go down. You should be seeing a doctor since an evaluation will tell you why you have it and what the best treatment would be. It could just be you need to take medicine. May not be serious but get it checked out. ...Read more

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I had a partial thyroidectomy and the radioactive iodine treatment for the other side due to goiter-nodule with small cancer. Synthroid (thyroxine) reduced-why?

I had a partial thyroidectomy and the radioactive iodine treatment for the other side due to goiter-nodule with small cancer. Synthroid (thyroxine) reduced-why?

For RAI to Work: The overall treatment is a little confusing as cancer is usually surgically removed, but there are a few reasons to lower your Synthroid (thyroxine). It may be held for a while so your left over thyroid tries to work and will suck up the RAI. The other reason is when the thyroid cells die they will release thyroid hormone. This could temp make you hyperthyroid. Eventually your dose will be adjusted again. ...Read more

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What's a goiter?

What's a goiter?

Enlarged thyroid: Goiter is a lay term for enlargement of the thyroid gland. Goiters can have normal function or can be under- or over-active; the term refers only to the size of the thyroid gland. ...Read more

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What causes goiter?

What causes goiter?

Define goiter: Hi. Strictly speaking, goiter only refers to an abnormal size and/or shape of the thyroid. Therefore, goiter can be diffuse, multi-nodular, or uni-nodular. Underlying causes can be autoimmunity, neoplasia (benign or malignant), and drugs (e.g., lithium, amiodarone). So, a lot to causes. ...Read more

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Is a goiter painful?

Is a goiter painful?

Painful goiter: It can be -- infection can cause goiter and pain. This is called acute thyroiditis. Most goiters are painless. ...Read more

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Is goiter hereditary?

Goiter: Some goiters are present in several family members and some are not. If you are concerned about getting it yourself because others in the family have been diagnosed with this in the past. Have your PCP check your thyroid (physical exam) and order appropriate lab studies and if it is OK don't worry but get the same labs done annually. ...Read more

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How is goiter managed?

Variable: Goiter simply means a growth in the thyroid. Three things: 1) what are your thyroid function tests? Hyperthyroidism is managed differently from goiters with normal or low function. 2) usually an ultrasound is done to look for nodules suspicious for cancer - with biopsy if needed, 3) goiters are sometimes removed if they are enlarging significantly or cause swallowing or breathing issues. ...Read more

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How to control a goiter?

Depends on cause: If it is a diffuse goiter, it may be caused by high tsh, which can arise in hypothyroidism or iodine deficiency (rare in usa, as salt is iodinated) or excessive goitrogens in susceptible ppl (like cauliflower). Treating the hypothyroidism can slow growth, if the above is the cause. If enlarging modules is the cause, surgery. Depends on cause, radioactive iodine may help. ...Read more

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