When I was diagnosed I was told to take my meds on an empty stomach and wait one hour before eating. I did some research and found that to be what most people did. However there were some that did not take their meds on an empty stomach but they did it the same way everyday. I think that would be the most important thing. However, you do need to have your levels checked after about 3 months on the meds to make sure that your dosage is correct and taking them at the same time under the same circumstances everyday will give your doctor a better idea of any adjustments that need to be made.
As far as diet goes I've seen Hypo people have great success on low carb diets. I have done so in the past as well but as soon as I slip and add just a little too many carbs the weight gets piled on faster than it came off so I would be careful. I think a moderate, smart, healthy eating plan is the best option for anyone.
Follow the directions on "your" medication as far as how to take it and what foods or beverages to use or not use.
Regarding diet, there is not a "thyroid diet". The goal is a healthy, balanced eating plan that helps you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
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Because of your medical condition and medicines, I would strongly recommend you ask your doctor for a referral to a registered dietician, who can provide you with meal plans and advice based on your individual needs.
Take your pill on an empty stomach, with water. Do not take with meals or with milk, as some things in food (iron, calcium) do interfere with absorption of your medication. Apparently certain vegetables have a similar effect, but i don't bother to cut any vegetables out of my menus!
Other than that, just eat a healthy diet of quality foods in appropriate portion sizes. Untreated hypothyroidism causes all kinds of issues (hoobody do i know it), but once you have your correct dosage worked out, your body will function just as well as a non-hypo person.
Do not be alarmed! It's a fairly common condition, and easy to manage, and once properly managed, does not interfere with your life (and health goals) very much at all! (But do remember to take that pill, and to get bloodwork done at least annually as your prescription may change over time).
I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Not something that runs in my family, so it scared me a bit. But as I researched more, I find that the diagnosis answered a lot of questions I had about the symptoms I'd been enduring over the past few years. However, what I'm not seeing in my research is the best diets (or ways of eating) that compliments this condition and doesn't cause a negative interaction with the medication I've been prescribed for thyroid replacement therapy.
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