How to Manage High Thyroid Levels
Overproduction of thyroxin by thyroid gland marks the onset of hyperthyroidism. Excess amount of thyroid hormone circulates in the bloodstream affecting several bodily processes. Hyperthyroidism, if not controlled appropriately or left untreated, may lead to complications, such as heart failure and osteoporosis. Therefore, it is important to take care of yourself if you have a history of hormonal imbalance. Let’s find out how you can curb the after-effects of hyperthyroidism.
Be Regular with your Medications
- Never skip your medications. Even if you miss a single dose, your whole treatment plan becomes less effective.
- Make sure that you never run out of medicines by refilling them before the doses get over.
- Don’t self-medicate and stop using the prescribed medications without consulting your doctor.
If your condition doesn’t improve in spite of taking regular medicines, consult to your doctor before taking any further step.
- Ask your doctor about the common side-effects that medicines may cause, such as skin rashes or an itch .
Make Modifications in your Diet
Certain dietary changes may prove helpful in thwarting the negative effects of hyperthyroidism. However, it is advised that you consult your doctor first before making alterations in your diet.
- Foods such as cauliflower, salmon fish, turkey and eggs, olive oil, flaxseed oil, milk, yoghurt and cheese, berries and walnuts are considered healthful foods for hyperthyroidism patients.
- According to naturopathic physician Joseph Pizzorno, who is also the author of "The Clinician's Handbook of Natural Medicine", cabbage and broccoli are rich in dietary goitrogens, which helps in cascading overproduction of thyroid hormone.
- Abstain from consuming foods that you are allergic to.
- Stay away from refined foods, such as pastas and breads.
Increase Calcium Intake
Worsening of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism may lead to osteoporosis (bone loss). Therefore, it’s crucial for hyperthyroidism patients to increase calcium intake. Calcium can be consumed in form of dairy products, such as cheese, green veggies, such as turnip greens, raw kale and okra and calcium supplements. Those who are 50-year-old or above require around 1200mg of calcium per day and people below 50 need about 1000mg a day. Our body requires sufficient amount of vitamin D to absorb calcium, therefore, hyperthyroidism patients must increase their vitamin D intake.
Be Aware about the Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism
You can mar the side-effects of hyperthyroidism by being aware of its symptoms. The common indicative signs of hyperthyroidism include:
- unexplained weight loss
- shivers and trembling of limbs
- sudden increase in appetite
- sweating fatigue
- weakened muscles
- change in menstrual cycles of women
- men may develop increased breasts
- high blood pressure
- increased bowel movements.
If you are being treated or have received treatment for hyperthyroidism, maintain responsive communication with your doctor to manage the effects of hyperthyroidism even after the treatment.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Oct 10, 2012
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