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HYPERTHYROIDISM

FOODS THAT HARM

  • Caffeinated drinks

    FOODS THAT HEAL

  • Dairy products
  • Soy products
  • Collard greens
  • Mustard greens

    WHO’S AFFECTED

  • Women, especially during the 6 months after being pregnant or having a baby
  • People ages 30 to 60
  • People with a family history of thyroid disease
  • People with autoimmune disorders
    Hyperthyroidism, in which an overactive thyroid produces too much hormone, is the opposite of hypothyroidism
    Instead of everything in your body slowing down, it speeds up
    The predominant symptoms are nervousness and jitteriness, and eventually a sense of fatigue prevails
    People with overactive thyroids also experience unusual hunger, weight loss, muscle weakness, and rapid heartbeat
    They find heat hard to bear and sweat excessively
    Treatment is aimed at the cause and involves reducing hormone production either by giving radioactive iodine or antithyroid drugs or by surgery to remove all or parts of the thyroid

    Nutrition Connection

    While changing your diet won’t prevent or reverse hyperthyroidism, you can help ease some of the symptoms by following these guidelines: Avoid caffeine
    Additional stimulation is the last thing someone with hyperthyroidism needs
    Maintain an adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D
    Because hyperthyroidism may contribute to thinning bones, it’s important to get enough calcium every day to help prevent osteoporosis (1,000 to 1,200 mg a day) and vitamin D (600 to 800 international units (IUs) a day)
    Good food sources include dairy products, soy products, and dark leafy greens like collard and mustard greens

    Beyond the Diet

    To address concerns about hyperthyroidism, follow these tips: See an eye doctor
    Anyone whose hyperthyroidism is accompanied by bulging eyes should be closely followed by an ophthalmologist
    Avoid cold medicines
    Because some cold medicines contain stimulants, they could overstimulate people with overactive thyroid or strain their heart