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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

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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What is subclinical hypothyroidism?

What is subclinical hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism: Subclinical means that there are no symptoms of the slightly low thyroid levels as measured by blood work. ...Read more

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What exactly is subclinical hypothyroidism?

High TSH but with: Normal thyroid levels. It "usually" entails a symptom free state but if the cause is autoimmune in nature, there might be some signs or symptoms. The thyroid profile will need to be monitored regardless. ...Read more

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Is subclinical hypothyroidism safe to treat?

Is subclinical hypothyroidism safe to treat?

Yes: With moderate doses of thyroid hormone, subclinical hypothyroidism can be easily corrected without significant risk. ...Read more

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Should subclinical hypothyroidism be treated?

Sometimes: If it is truly subclinical, meaning that there are no associated symptoms or signs of too little thyroid hormone, a doctor may choose to just watch, and recheck hormone levels in a few months. But many people with "subclinical" hypothyroidism do have symptoms and signs of low thyroid levels, if a doctors asks the right questions or looks closely, and these people would benefit from treatment. ...Read more

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What symptoms of hypothyroidism appear in subclinical hypothyroidism?

What symptoms of hypothyroidism appear in subclinical hypothyroidism?

None: True subclinical hypothyroidism should have no symptoms because the free hormone levels are normal. It is only the TSH that is elevated. I think of this as the body is having to work a little harder to produce appropriate amounts of thyroid hormone (thus needing more TSH to meet those needs). ...Read more

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What could be the cause of subclinical hypothyroidism for women over 40?

What could be the cause of subclinical hypothyroidism for women over 40?

Subclin hypothyroid: It is almost always unknown. But often an early phase of full blown hypothyroidism and thus the causes are the same as the very long list of the causes of hypothyroidism I would recommend you go to uptodate. Cao and review in more detail. ...Read more

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Does subclinical hypothyroidism make it hard to lose weight?

No: You just have to do it the old fashioned way - eat less and exercise more. ...Read more

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I have subclinical hypothyroidism TSH9.90 and FT4 and FT3 in the middle normal range should I be treated? I am 63

I have subclinical hypothyroidism TSH9.90 and FT4 and FT3 in the middle normal range should I be treated? I am 63

Yes: A TSH of 9.9 is clear indication of low thyroid function and you should follow your doctor's advice for treatment. ...Read more

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I am suffering from subclinical hypothyroidism and also low ferritin.....suggest me to control both by taking natural foods?

I am suffering from subclinical hypothyroidism and also low ferritin.....suggest me to control both by taking natural foods?

Better options: "Natural"foods are not an easy answer. What is your idea of "natural" foods? Do you consider eating thyroid gland of cows or pigs natural? There are safe and effective medications that will address the issues. Both iron and thyroid supplementation is available in pills that can be taken by mouth. There is no virtue in not taking effective medication. Please consult your doctor for the medications. ...Read more

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I was told I have subclinical hypothyroidism; is there a way to treat it without medication, exercise, cutting out sugar, etc?

I was told I have subclinical hypothyroidism; is there a way to treat it without medication, exercise, cutting out sugar, etc?

Hypothyroidism: The proper way to treat hypothyroidism is to administer the correct amount of thyroid replacement to bring the tsh to normal range. General measures like exercise, diet or weight reduction wouldn't significantly affect tsh levels. Your physician or throidologist is best qualified to advise you, however. ...Read more

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Why are not all doctors familiar with subclinical hypothyroidism... When you have all the symptoms but tests are in normal range. Its so common!

Why are not all doctors familiar with subclinical hypothyroidism... When you have all the symptoms but tests are in normal range. Its so common!

Not real: Symptoms of low thyroid are extremely common in the population. Most people with these symptoms have no thyroid problem. When you say that normal is not normal, it means that there are no normal people in the world. Treating a normal person with a medication (including thyroid) that is not indicated is unethical, against the hippocratic oath, and outright dangerous. ...Read more

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Will subclinical hypothyroidism turn into hypothyroidism? Why some doctors prefer not to treat subclinical hypothyroidism? Is the treatment bad?

Will subclinical hypothyroidism turn into hypothyroidism? Why some doctors prefer not to treat subclinical hypothyroidism? Is the treatment bad?

Multiple choice??: Sub clinical hypothyroidism will turn into hypothyroidism in a number of cases. Treating is not bad or dangerous. We just need to have the clinical findings, symptoms and findings to make the numbers fit the patient, not the other way around. ...Read more

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How can I get treated for subclinical hypothyroidism if labtests always show within normal values (near limits, but still w/symptoms)? Doc won't treat it

How can I get treated for subclinical hypothyroidism if labtests always show within normal values (near limits, but still w/symptoms)? Doc won't treat it

Maybe not hypo: If the tests (including tsh) are normal, then you probably do not have hypothyroidism. That is not to deny your symptoms. Your doctor likely understands that your symptoms are real. But the sx of hypothyroidism are common to many conditions, and giving you thyroid hormone will not help. ...Read more

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Should subclinical hypothyroidism be treated with meds? Tsh level of 4.2?

Depends: Treatment should be discussed with your doctor. Depending on your age and cause of your hypothyroidism, it may make sense to treat it. For example, if you are young and have hashimoto's (which equates to a high likelihood of progressing) treatment typically makes sense. ...Read more

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What is subclinical hypothyroidism? Will the patient (an infant) need to take the medicine for the rest of her life? Right now she's on levothyroxine

What is subclinical hypothyroidism? Will the patient (an infant) need to take the medicine for the rest of her life? Right now she's on levothyroxine

Sub clinical hypothy: This is chemical excess thyroid by blood testing but no clinical signs of hypothyroidism. Tricky DX in adults and must be even more so in infants. The need for RX will depend on the cause of the hypothyroidism. Trust you are being seen by a pediatric Endocrinologist, ...Read more

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After taking Armour Thyroid for 6 months at 120mg/day for borderline subclinical hypothyroidism, would it likely be safe to stop cold turkey?

After taking Armour Thyroid for 6 months at 120mg/day for borderline subclinical hypothyroidism, would it likely be safe to stop cold turkey?

Check with md: It should not be a problem, but at that dose I would go a bit slow instead of stopping altogether at once to make sure your own thyroid "wakes up" and starts to produce thyroid hormone. If you had hypothyroidism (not subclinical) I would be cautious about this as you can become ill stopping thyroid hormone that your body needs (called myxedema). ...Read more

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My 7months baby has subclinical hypothyroidism & always seems so restless and difficult to fall asleep. Is there any relationship between them?

My 7months baby has subclinical hypothyroidism & always seems so restless and difficult to fall asleep. Is there any relationship between them?

Hypothyroid infant: Thyroid dysfunction can be associated with sleep disturbance usually hyperthyroidism/ too much thyroid replacement. In my experience restlessness can be found in both hypo & hyperthyroidism. Follow up now with a pediatric endocrinologist, as untreated infant hypothyroidism has lifelong cognitive effects.

https://www. Endocrineweb. Com/conditions/hypothyroidism/hypothyroidism-children ...Read more

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Is subclinical hypothyroidism curable? I'm 21, male and was diagnosed with it. I have no symptoms, antibodies negative but doc prescribed medication.

Is subclinical hypothyroidism curable? I'm 21, male and was diagnosed with it. I have no symptoms, antibodies negative but doc prescribed medication.

Thyroid function: This condition exists and often can be related to autoimmune thyroiditis or simple lab error. Please have your throid functions rechecked. Additionallym get a thyroid ultrasound and scan. ...Read more

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Does a baby diagnose with subclinical hypothyroidism still needs to continue levothyroxine even her TSH readings are normal now? (T4 normal too)

Does a baby diagnose with subclinical hypothyroidism still needs to continue levothyroxine even her TSH readings are normal now? (T4 normal too)

Needs consultation: Babies may not show any "clinical " signs of hypothyroidism but still have a need for thyroid meds. The brain growth is so important in infants that you should be very sure the kid does not need them before you stop, or you put baby's developmental progress at risk. Of the newborn screenings the thyroid test is one I find more likely to be falsely positive. Yet I let the endocrine guys decide ...Read more

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If subclinical hypothyroidism and anemia exist in a patient, does this mean the patient has to be treated for the sch? Even if TSH is below 10?

If subclinical hypothyroidism and anemia exist in a patient, does this mean the patient has to be treated for the sch? Even if TSH is below 10?

Yes and no: First the anemia would need a thorough workup.
And yes sometimes endocrine/thyroid dysfunction could be the cause of the anemia. Treatment may improve the anemia. ...Read more

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Lab results led to subclinical hypothyroidism diagnosis. Treated for mdd, anxiety, ptsd. Should it be further examined? Chances of infertility?

Lab results led to subclinical hypothyroidism diagnosis. Treated for mdd, anxiety, ptsd. Should it be further examined? Chances of infertility?

Labs alone =Dx???: History which includes symptoms over time
family history and physical exam almost always trump lab results alone. Once a good history and physical are done then testing.
Other endocrine disorders should be considered. However all alcohol/substances? Need to be stopped first and current meds reassessed after a new baseline mental status achieved.
If appropriate, adrenal gland function may need test. ...Read more

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I have subclinical hypothyroidism. Sometimes I feel a kind of tingling sens. Inside my throat, and after that I feel much better. What could this be?

Unrelated: Subclinical hypothyroidism is a laboratory finding/diagnosis in which you are completely asymptomatic (no symptoms). So tingling in throat that resolves on own is unrelated. If any difficulty or painful swallowing, go see your Family Doc & ENT. But do mention your concerns to prescribing physician as possible side effect of Aripiprazole (http://www. Drugs. Com/sfx/aripiprazole-side-effects. Html). ...Read more

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Recent subclinical hypothyroidism diagnosis. 50 mcg Synthroid (thyroxine) Rx. How will I know my thyroid is functioning better besides a blood test in 6 wks?

Recent subclinical hypothyroidism diagnosis. 50 mcg Synthroid (thyroxine) Rx. How will I know my thyroid is functioning better besides a blood test in 6 wks?

You prob won't: With subclinical, essentially no symptoms and just a laboratory diagnosis, then truly the follow-up blood test will let you know. ...Read more

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My levothyroxine (lowest dose) increases my blood pressure significantly. Is there an alternative? I have subclinical hypothyroidism.

My levothyroxine (lowest dose) increases my blood pressure significantly. Is there an alternative? I have subclinical hypothyroidism.

Levothyroxine: It is possible that levothyroxine increases your blood pressure but not very likely.
You need to discuss this with your doctor.
You should also purchase a blood pressure system and check the pressure perhaps once a day or every other day.
If it remains high you should be referred to a cardiologist. ...Read more

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