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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)

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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Since perimenopausal symptoms mimic hypothyroidism and testing for both are unpredictable, how do you ever know which one to treat?

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

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I have hypothyroidism. I used to feel so sleepy but now I am not. Could it be from bad eating habits? It feels like i mimic hyperthyroidism.

I have hypothyroidism. I used to feel so sleepy but now I am not. Could it be from bad eating habits? It feels like i mimic hyperthyroidism.

See below: If your thyroid function is under control with medication that may explain why you are not tired any more. Your doctor can check your levels to confirm. ...Read more

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What is being hypothyroid?

What is being hypothyroid?

Inadequate hormones: The thyroid creates a hormone that regulates metabolism in the body. It works on a number of different organ systems, and is essential to proper body function. If the thyroid stops producing the hormone, you become hypothyroid. This can happen by antibody destruction, direct destruction of the thyroid gland, removal (tumor), or interruption of the stimulating signal from the brain. ...Read more

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What are the effects of having a hypothyroid?

What are the effects of having a hypothyroid?

See details: Fatigue, constipation, dry skin, muscle aching and weakness, menstrual abnormalities, heart disease, etc. ...Read more

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What is hypothyroidism?

What is hypothyroidism?

Underactive thyroid: Hypothyroidism is a thyroid gland (in the front of the neck) that is under active and producing less hormones than normal. Hypothyroidism is diagnosed primarily on blood tests. Symptoms can be misleading. ...Read more

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What is hypothyroidism?

What is hypothyroidism?

Low Function Thyroid: Hypothyroidism means your thyroid is either not produing enough or somethimes any of the hormones needed for basic functioning. It controls metabolism, heart rate, body temperature, and most normaly functions of homeostasis and even controls some of your other glands production of hormones. It can be life-threatening if not treated. Medication will correct the problems. ...Read more

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Symptoms of hypothyroidism?

Symptoms of hypothyroidism?

Several: Fatigue, abnormal weight gain, dry skin, cold intolerance, constipation, hair loss, mental and physical lack of stamina, sluggishness, brittle nails. ...Read more

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What causes hypothyroidism?

What causes hypothyroidism?

Depends: Causes can be varied, as well as the treatment. Sometimes imbalanced thyroid hormone conversion can cause functional hypothyroidism. Sometimes iodine or other deficiency can cause it. http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2012/12/proper-thyroid-testing.html. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism be cure?

Can hypothyroidism be cure?

Thyroid failure: Nope. Not yet. The only option is to be on simple thyroid replacement medication daily. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism be cured?

Not usually: Occasionally, hypothyroidism is caused by a temporary condition such as thyroiditis, or inflammation of the thyroid gland. Such cases usually do resolve, and the thyroid goes back to making normal amounts of thyroid hormone. Most of the time, however, the thyroid gland makes less and less thyroid hormone over time, and lifelong treatment with thyroid hormone is needed. ...Read more

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How to cure hypothyroidism ?

How to cure hypothyroidism ?

See your doctor.: What to do with hyperthyroidism depends mostly on what the cost is. Regardless of the cause, however, you should be taking thyroid supplements until the cause and treatment are determined. You should see your doctor or an endocrinologist ASAP. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does hypothyroidism go away?

Does hypothyroidism go away?

Not usually: It depends on the cause. Autoimmune hypothyroidism (aka hashimoto's) does not typically go away. Some other causes might. Regardless, the medication (levothyroxine) used to treat the condition is safe and does not have any real side effects. ...Read more

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Banana good for hypothyroid?

It is OK.: Foods rich in tyrosine, a thyroid hormones precursor, are favorable for hypothyroidism. Tyrosine-rich foods include animal proteins, dairy products, almonds and bananas. ...Read more

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Is hypothyroidism hereditary?

Sometimes: Depends on the cause of your hypothyroidism. Congenital hypothyroidism (since birth) is less hereditable than acquired (latter in life) hypothyridism. ...Read more

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How common is hypothyroidism?

How common is hypothyroidism?

Fairly common: About 3% of the general population has hypothyroidism. It is more common in women than in men, and can run in families. ...Read more

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What can cause hypothyroidism?

Autoimmune, surgery: The most common cause is autoimmune thyroid disease, that is, the body makes antibodies against the thyroid. Thyroid surgery can cause it too. So can radiation therapy to the neck. Meds like amiodarone and some chemo can, too. ...Read more

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How hypothyroid causes anxiety?

How hypothyroid causes anxiety?

Thyroid & Anxiety: As a psychiatrist, i always test for thyroid conditions, which can exacerbate anxiety, and cause many other symptoms. ...Read more