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Taurine To Treat Hypothyroidism
Take natural thyroid: The natural way to help your body is to not deprive it from the natural hormone that it requires, thyroid hormone. Anything else you do will be un-natural. There are no herbs, supplements, or potions that will help your thyroid do what it is incapable of doing. As you remain off thyroid hormone you will become more un-natural. ...Read more
Follow instructions: There is no quick treatment for hypothyroidism. You just have to take the medication as prescribed and make sure there is no absorption interference. Overzealous treatment will overshoot and you end up hyperthyroid which is not good for someone ttc either. Follow closely with your doctor. ...Read more
If I'm diagnosed with hypothyroidism should I be worried? Or is it something that's well treated? I'm 20 years old
Usually simple: If your thyroid is not making enough hormone you can usually just take a supplement once a day. They would want to decide why it happened, but it is not that uncommon. Once they sort it out it is no more a problem than remembering to shave (if you do) and having your blood tested once or twice a year to make sure you are on enough supplement. ...Read more
Is a cup of plain yogurt everyday good for you? I heard plain yogurt is rich in iodine which is good to treat hypothyroidism naturally.
Yes, ideally organic:
Yogurt is one of the best dietary sources of iodine- see http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=69.
Plain yogurt is a good choice as sweetened yogurt tends to be high in sugar (though you can add fruit). I advise choosing organic yogurt if possible. Iodine is not only essential for thyroid function but has other important health benefits- see http://www.mbschachter.com/Iodine.htm ...Read more
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 doctor asks the right questions or looks closely, and these people would benefit from treatment. ...Read more
Replacement therapy: The only treatment known to be effective is thyroid hormone replacement therapy, which gives you back what you need. There are some herbal and food remedies that can be tried in conjunction with hormone replacement, but their effectiveness is sketchy. ...Read more
Absolutely!: Hi. It's easy as 1-2-3! I bet your doctor's well on the way to having it fine-tuned already! Don't forget to take your thyroid hormone daily. We use labs to assess how your dose is working...doing so, we assume you're taking your thyroid hormone every day. Unlike many other meds, with thyroid, if you forget to take it one day, take two the next day. So easy! To your health! ...Read more
Hypothyroidism: Your thyroid gland controls your metabolic rate. Hypothyroidism means low thyroid functioning & is very common & often underdiagnosed. Low thyroid symptoms include-high cholesterol, constipation, fatigue, weight gain, depression, leg swelling. High cortisol, insulin, estrogen all depress thyroid function. Autoimmune problems can affect thyroid. Rx is to give thryoid hormone & fix underlying probl. ...Read more
Hypothyroidism can cause obesity, infertility, joint pain, depression, hair loss and heart disease and lots of other symptoms. See http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hypothyroidism/basics/definition/con-20021179
and see http://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/thyroid/hypothyroidism-too-little-thyroid-hormone
It is often easy and cheap to treat. See a doc! ...Read more
First see your endocrinologist to make sure your thyroid hormone level is now normal after taking synthroid (thyroxine).
Look into every thing you eat especially seemingly small snacks these little 100cal snacks can add up quickly
Avoid fried foods, cakes hi carb meals like bagels white breads and pastas.
Look into you daily cal intake, it should be between 1500-2000cal a day ...Read more
My girlfriend has just been told she had hypothyroidism and I'm wondering how I can help her and how it can be treated.
Hypothyroidism: Is very easy to treat with brand name T4 replacement until the blood levels are normalized. Then it's just like there was no thyroid problem. She should discuss it with her doctor and make sure she's properly treated. ...Read more
No: In fact, kelp may make things even worse unless you have a documented iodine deficiency. Overdoing kelp may cause hypothyroidism as well. Hypothyroidism can only be treated by replacing the hormone which is no longer made by the thryoid gland. Levothyroxine daily is the standard of care for patients with hypothyroidism. ...Read more
When hypothyroidism is treated in a perimeopausal woman will her other hormones also become balanced?
I don't know: Which of your thousands of hormones you think need to be balanced. Correction of hypothyroidism with brand name T4 replacement normalizes your thyroid level and makes it like you didn't have a thyroid problem at all. After that, your other glands will respond as normally as they can. If you were entering into menopause, that process will continue naturally. ...Read more
Since perimenopausal symptoms mimic hypothyroidism and testing for both are unpredictable, how do you ever know which one to treat?
Not true: Testing for thyroid disorders is very predictable and precise. There is a lot of misinformation out there that would have you believe that you can have hypo or hyperthyroidism with normal thyroid levels. This is simply not true. Hormone levels related to menopause can fluctuate, as do symptoms, but testing done at the correct time is usually helpful. ...Read more
I have hypothyroidism and I feel like the levothyroxine I am taking isn't working.... Is there any other ways to treat this with better results?
Hypothyroid: Hypothyroid treatment is to replace the hormones not being made by your thyroid this consists of T4 and t3 (liothyronine). T4 in your body can be converted to t3 (liothyronine) levothyroxine is synthetic T4 and considered by most to be adequate replacement if TSH levels can be restored between1 to 3 . A lot of myths around natural vs synthetic hormone, combination pills and supplementing t3 (liothyronine) seek other causes for symptoms. ...Read more
I've been treated for hypothyroidism for 10yrs. After relocating & stopping treatment, new dr says im now @ "normal" level. How is that possible?
Lab values: Most docs only look at lab values and not how person feels with those values. If he only checked a tsh, then there is more to thyroid optimization like ft4 and how you convert to ft3. Go to a4m. Com and use directory function to find a local functional medicine doctor to help you fully test your thyroid levels to get to optimal health. For a layperson site got to www.Stopthethyroid madness. Com. ...Read more
I have been treated for hypothyroidism since in my mid 20s. Now 52. I have recently been dianoised with addison's disease. Do i still have low thy?
Schmidt's syndrome: Autoimmune endocrine conditions often occur together. One relatively common combination is schmidt's syndrome (autoimmne polyendocrine syndrome type 2) which includes hashimotos thyroiditis, addison's disease, and type 1 diabetes. They don't always occur together, though, and not at the same time. ...Read more
Ever since I've been diagnosed and treated. For hypothyroidism, I have been losing my breath(gasping for air) and I can't do 30 seconds of exercise. Help?
Not thyroid.: Doesn't sound like this is related to your thyroid unless of course it is very large and impinging on your airway. You didn't mention this so I don't suppose that is the issue either. You have another problem which may be anxiety or possibly a reversible obstructive lung dysfunction such sas asthma. ...Read more
No: Undiagnosed hypothyroidism means that hypothyroidism may not exist. For symptoms compatible with hypothyroidism, a thorough medical evaluation is necessary because other illnesses may present with the same symptoms. Taking thyroid medication without proven hypothyroidism isn't safe. Rapid heart rate, heart attack, stroke, etc. Are possible side effects when too much thyroid hormone is taken. ...Read more
Your severe: Hypothyroidism should be addressed carefully with your physician / endocrinologist. Are you currently under treatment for your panic attacks? Panic Attacks can be treated with psychotherapy & /or psychiatric medications. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & behavior therapy can be effective. Medications such as SSRI's or SNRI's may be used. Benzodiazapines are sometimes used as well. ...Read more