Living with Underactive Thyroid: What to Eat and What Not to Eat


Denise Mann, MS

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There is no such thing as a hypothyroidism diet, but there are some basic rules concerning foods that can make your symptoms better or worse – and some of them may surprise you!

Hypothyroidism occurs when you don’t produce enough thyroid hormone. It may also be called underactive thyroid, low thyroid or Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Women and people older than 50 are disproportionately affected by hypothyroidism.

Symptoms may include fatigue, weight gain, paleness and dry skin. Treatment typically involves the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine, and many foods, medications and supplements can interfere with this hormone.

Lifestyle changes are a big part of treating hypothyroidism, and this group talks about the challenges.

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