Just been diagnosed with hypothyroidism...

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seechellec

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Posted: 28 Oct 2013, 07:38
Had my physical October 16. My mother had thyroid problems, I turned 40 this year and now have hypothyroidism. I was doing really good until about 2 to 3 months ago. I started gaining weight. Now it seems I am just staying at the same weight. I started taking synthroid, thought this would help, but it hasn't. I also would love to have someone to buddy with.
Is there anything else I can do or try?
mrspackrat

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Posted: 28 Oct 2013, 11:11
I have hypothyroidism too. A couple of things that can help. First, take your medicine everyday, same time helps. Also, most people with a thyroid problem also have metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance is one of the components of metabolic syndrome). A healthy thyroid depends on you keeping your blood sugar in a normal range and high sugar levels destroys the thyroid function.

You may not eat candy and sweets but so many foods have hidden sugars, particularly boxed or prepackaged and "low fat" foods. There's also the problem of eating too many carbs (breads, cereals, pastas) and starchy foods (corn, potatoes, bananas).

If you haven't already, switch to eating lots of lean proteins (a serving at each meal), get plenty of healthy fats (seeds, nuts, avocado, olive oil, coconut oil) and fresh veggies and low sugar fruits (berries are best). Also, eat every 2-3 hours to keep your blood sugar from dipping too low.
ClassicRocke...

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Posted: 11 Nov 2013, 21:28
Consider asking your doctor for Armour Thyroid. It's natural. They may well balk at the suggestion, but give it a try. I did the synthroid and have too many side-effects.

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Posted: 14 Nov 2013, 00:45
Drinking lots of water helps improve thyroid function.
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mummydee

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Posted: 14 Nov 2013, 07:20
Wish it was that simple thinner... I eat seaweed, bought in the grocery store where they sell sushi , take kelp pills, anything from the sea that has natural iodine.
Don't eat raw nightshade veggies, cabbage, broccoli etc, must be cooked at least 1 min to get rid of the enzyme that fights the thyroid pill.

Low thyroid function is not a deal breaker when it comes to weight loss, just means it might be a little slower.

Spices that help the metabolism might work too. Cayenne or Chili pepper and capsaicin, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon....

If it is a plant, eat it, if it comes from a plant, don't!
mrspackrat

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Posted: 14 Nov 2013, 16:15
mummydee wrote:
Wish it was that simple thinner... I eat seaweed, bought in the grocery store where they sell sushi , take kelp pills, anything from the sea that has natural iodine.


You have to be careful with recommending iodine, if your thyroid is caused by a lack of iodine, then supplementing is ok. However, if it's because of an auto-immunity, taking iodine provides no benefit. Also, taking excess iodine can worsen thryoid issues so if you already get enough and are supplementing, that could be a bad thing.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypothyroidism-iodine/AN01829
mummydee

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Posted: 14 Nov 2013, 17:07
That article doesn't say it can be dangerous, just that it'll do nothing. I don't eat processed salt and see the sodium overuse as another problem.
They iodized salt for a reason but an opened box of table salt with iodide will lose its iodine content in about four weeks through the process of oxidation and iodine sublimation. So who uses a box of salt in 4 weeks?

I've never heard of getting too much iodine. My Naturopath is the one who suggested seaweed and kelp years ago and nothing was talked about. Can you post some info on that? I'll do some search myself but I'd be interested in reading that info. thanks.
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arr1972

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Posted: 29 Nov 2013, 16:27
Do you eat enough protein? I find that if i keep my protein intake to at least 30-35% of my caloric intake i have no trouble. I also only eat food with one ingredient.
Clueless101

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Posted: 29 Nov 2013, 21:54
L tyrosine helps me.
RachK

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Posted: 12 Dec 2013, 12:10
Hi!

I'm on synthroid as well. Try to be patient. When I started it took them a long time to get my dosage right.

In addition, I really changed my diet and exercise regimen once I as diagnosed (it was actually why I switched into my current career). If you (like most people) don't eat much in the way of sea veggies (really...who does? lol) - try adding vegegreens or greens+ into a protein shake in the morning. It's loaded with veggies that have lots of iodine. If you don't like the taste here's a recipe that hides it pretty well and makes a great meal substitution: http://completecarecoaching.com/blog/goal-disguise-vegegreens/
MsMightyPup

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Posted: 22 Jan 2014, 15:30
I am also on synthroid, and it took several visits over the course of a year to the doctor to get the correct dosage. Make sure you take your synthroid first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and wait at least half an hour before eating anything.
LISAMSV

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Posted: 30 Jan 2014, 15:15
I am on Levothyroxsine for years now. Not sure if that's generic for another name of hypothyroid med. I asked, and used to take that L-Tyrosine too, but the doctor said not to do that. So desperate to find a High Metabolism burner, especially since sedentary because of respiratory diseases. Help me....any and all into and suggestions welcomed. Smile
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murrajes

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Posted: 03 Feb 2014, 12:19
I was diagnosed with low thyroid function during a routine blood test. Ever since I started taking the medicine (Amrour), I've GAINED 10 pounds. I had no symptoms before...now my hair falls out and I itch like crazy. I'm quitting the meds!
ClassicRocke...

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Posted: 03 Feb 2014, 13:05
That's probably one of the only natural medications for thyroid. Talk with your doctor. I took it and also lost a lot of hair. Changed scripts about 2 weeks ago and waiting for it to stop. But I was finally able to lose weight when I got on the Armour. Good luck.

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ukeranian

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Posted: 06 Feb 2014, 11:56
I used to be on Synthroid, and only having TSH tests. I didn't feel good, so they did a T3/T4 test and found that my body doesn't convert my T4 into T3 so I need T3 supplementation. Presently, I am taking ERFA Thyroid and all my blood tests (TSH, T3, T4) seem to be in the perfect ranges. Thank goodness, I didn't have hair falling out or itching like crazy. Although over the past two years since discovering that I had hypothyroidism, I have gained 40 lbs -- but I believe it happened because I was giving up after gaining weight while being good on a diet and not going on a diet for months at a time. Now, I have no excuse.

~~~ Never, NEVER again will I go over 300...!!!
Debra Holmes

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Posted: 20 May 2015, 01:27
I realise this feed is over a year old, but I could really use the support. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's earlier this year (autoimmune disease causing hypothyroidism).
I thought it was as easy as taking my pill every day, cause I had great results over first 3 month, now my hormone levels are up again. Dr thinks I will have to have blood work done every 3 months and medication altered every time as my dose will change depending on my thyroid function and inflamation.

I have been on a 12 week challenge and lost 10kg, which is great, but my staple diet consisted of raw broccoli every day for lunch. I now think this had something to do with the change in hormone levels.
spiritspell

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Posted: 12 Jun 2015, 22:26
I gained 44 lbs before I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's and getting your TSH level under control will stop you from gaining anymore weight you have to lose what you've already gained the old fashioned way ... diet, exercise and patience. I have found losing no more than 2 lbs a week keeps the weight off for good! Good luck!
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sallylun

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Posted: 19 Jul 2015, 03:01
There are quite a few of us with hypothyroidism. Good to know we are not alone. I have had it for nearly 20 years, (I am 60 years old now) and the advice and thoughts here is a good refresher for me; such as, fewer carbs and sugars, and more lean proteins. My weight has slowly increased over time, and need to do something about it. I am really enjoying this site.
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Velvetice

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Posted: 20 Aug 2015, 19:53
You can throw me into the club of hypothyroidism. I've had it for a long time. Weight gain, yup, hair falling out- yup, itch and dry skin- right there with ya. If you need a buddy I'll be yours. Not sure what help I can be, but I"m here for ya Smile



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