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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Thank you to Woubbie from the Low-carb team for making me aware of this very good blog post about what causes hypothyroidism and how to treat it:



And here is the whole list of blog posts by Chris Kresser about thyroid health. I have not read them all and don't know if I agree with all of them but definitely worth looking at if you are suffering from thyroid issues and all your doctor is willing to do is treat the symptoms with thyroid hormone.


I would love to hear from people who have experienced improvements in thyroid issues with diet changes. For me going low-carb and gluten-free has made a lot of difference. emoticon
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  • BOPPY_
    I've been hypothyroid for 21 years. Synthetic thyroid hormone seems to do the trick for me.

    This runs in my family. Both my grandmothers, and my mother was hypothyroid.

    Wish you the best,

    Lee emoticon
    1656 days ago
    Thank you! This is so valuable to me!
    1657 days ago
  • NH_MOM
    I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 26(I'll be 38 this fall). I had a total thyroidectomy followed by the radioactive iodine to kill off any remaining thyroid. I spent a year or so finding the right dosing. I started on levothroid and now I take levothyroxine(probably the same thing). I don't think I took synthroid, that I can remember. I can tell you that meds don't even come close to making you feel like you were before the thyroid issues. I've been on the same dose for years with one exception. My PC doctor saw my levels and decided I needed to switch doses. I did and after 2 months I wanted to go back. My levels are kept somewhat suppressed due to the cancer - it was a papillary carcinoma with a follicular variance. If I go lower than 150 I have fatigue, have episodes of depression and sometimes have feelings that killing myself could be a fun/interesting thing. Yeah, the last one is not fun. Can you imagine driving down the road and then all of a sudden what it would feel like/happen if I just pulled the wheel & went off the road? Or even better sitting at the computer and all of a sudden thinking about slitting my wrists. Thank God I was enough in my right mind to do something about it. I read the first 2 articles and it doesn't seem to apply since I don't have a thyroid. I haven't noticed any foods affecting things, but again I think my case is different. You definitely need to find a good doctor. My 1st one was more focused on diabetes than thyroid, IMHO. I told him I had read some stuff and I was trying to see what he thought and he told me not to believe what I read on the internet. Well, I had read a book by a lady who had thyroid issues and had done tons of research. He was basically blowing me off, I was almost in tears. I like the doctor I have now, but there are times I feel he could do more. Most doctors only order 2 of 4 different tests for thyroid function. I'm so tired right now I can't remember them all(baby didn't sleep well last night). Sometimes one looks normal to you see the others. I guess I have been pretty lucky. I have a 1/2 to 1 % chance of the cancer returning. I have 3 beautiful, healthy kids(ages almost 7, 5 & just turned 1) and I'm healthy/fit(or getting there lol still have about 7lbs of baby fat to get rid of). Thanks for posting the articles and I hope you don't mind that I posted my "story".
    1657 days ago
    I should start out by saying I only had time to read the first article. I have hypothyroidism, started on levothyroxin approx. 3 years ago. My symptoms were greatly decreased when I started the meds. I had hair loss (which I consider to be the WORST symptom) awful skin itching- at times my skin felt like it was crawling, brittle nails, heavy periods (still a problem), feet and hands cold, I could not lose weight no matter what I tried, etc., etc. I had not heard about gluten being an issue, so I found the article interesting. I've never had problems with gluten, digestive wise, so am unsure if this pertains to me. I'm starting with a new doctor next month and will be interested to get her take on this.
    Thanks for sharing.
    1658 days ago
    I find this very interesting. I don't have thyroid problems, but I'll be checking back to see what people post.

    1658 days ago
    Cool! emoticon for posting! I don't have hypothyroidism because of Hashimoto's disease or anything like that. I have hypothyroidism because I no longer have a pituitary gland that sends signals to the thyroid to produce more or less. So, my case is not your ordinary case of hypothyroidism. That being said, since I rarely eat bread anymore I do feel better. Since going low-carb I feel better as well. It's hard to get gluten-free where I live unless I buy it online. So, I've never had anything that is gluten-free. I've read the first two articles you posted but haven't read any of the others yet.
    1658 days ago
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