Do low carb diets worsen hypothyroidism?
RE: Do low carb diets worsen hypothyroidism? , 02-18-2011 03:40 AM


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"Dairy" is kinda tricky. Other protein intolerances are often accompanied by lactose intolerance. This is because production of lactase, the enzyme which "digests" lactose, is included in affected epithelial cells of the small intestine.

Casein is the protein in cow milk. There's lots of casein and lactose in milk and cream. Lactose feeds cheese fermentation. There's lots of casein in cheese and yogurt, but very little lactose. So the question is, when you say "dairy" made you react, does the constraint apply to milk and cheese, or just milk? About half of adults are lactose intolerant. I'd be surprised if more than a couple percent are casein intolerant. If you reacted to milk, chances are you can still eat cheese.

Some cheeses have milk added after fermentation. If you can tolerate cheese, but not milk, you won't tolerate these cheeses. Something else to watch for, many shredded cheese makers add wheat flour to keep the cheese from re-clumping. Also you have the question of annatto dye in yellow cheese. It sets me off just like most dyes, natural and manmade.
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RE: Do low carb diets worsen hypothyroidism? , 02-18-2011 03:57 AM


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You're aware, aren't you, that many prescription pills contain wheat gluten?
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RE: Do low carb diets worsen hypothyroidism? , 02-19-2011 12:13 AM


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Hey, thanks for the info about cheese. I will try it out (after my gut calms down) and see if I can still eat some cheeses. I've also thought about searching for a local source of goat's milk and see if I can tolerate that.

Also, thanks for the info about pills. Any idea how I can find out about my specific pills? Maybe contact the company directly?

What can I do this week that will make me healthier at the end of the week than I am right now?
RE: Do low carb diets worsen hypothyroidism? , 02-19-2011 01:00 AM


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Also, thanks for the info about pills. Any idea how I can find out about my specific pills? Maybe contact the company directly?

Gladly. The only way of obtaining pill ingredient information I've seen comes from people reading the makers' websites, and contacting drug companies directly. Google is your friend. Most doctors and pharmacists have much more extensive information on specific pills. You could try calling or visiting one of them.

Good luck.
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RE: Do low carb diets worsen hypothyroidism? , 02-21-2011 12:20 PM


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This is my first post to the discussion board. Looking forward to getting to know this group!

It is my understanding, after months of reading on this subject when my own long-term Hashimoto's disease took a turn for the worse, that any extreme dieting (particularly, I believe, the severe curtailing of calories) can possibly result in the body's inability to convert the inactive thyroid hormone T4 into the useable thyroid hormone T3. Not too many doctors will order a test of the patients "Reverse T3" along with TSH, Free T4, and Free T3, but if you can get that test done, it may reveal the problem.

I've just spent a year battling the ravages of a rip-roaring Reverse T3 condition, which had me nearly bed ridden for much of that time. I've now been taken off synthetic T4 (Levothyroxine), which I'd been on for 17 years, and put on natural desiccated thyroid, which is a combination of T4 and T3. The incoming T3 gave me back my health, since the T4 alone was failing to convert into useable hormone.

Immediately before becoming drastically ill, I had been cutting my calories quite severely on a very low carb regimen. Plus, I was under a huge amount of stress caring for my elderly mother (that stress still remains) and my adrenal glands had taken a big hit. Since then I've begun supporting my adrenals with an OTC glandular formula. Between that, starting on bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (I am 57), and beginning natural desiccated thyroid, I am finally back on the right track. With the Reverse T3 problem in high gear, I regained 25 lbs of the weight I'd lost (a total of 68 lbs) low-carbing since 2000. Now I am slowly beginning to shed those lbs again.

Hope this helps with the question about low-carbing & hypothyroid!
RE: Do low carb diets worsen hypothyroidism? , 03-24-2011 08:55 PM


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My thyroid does not play well with Splenda or soy. All my numbers came back normal and I still had severe symptoms. I cut out both Splenda and soy, and started supplementing with iodine. It's been slow and my energy levels aren't quite where I would like, but at least it is progress.
RE: Do low carb diets worsen hypothyroidism? , 03-25-2011 04:02 AM


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I've been hypo-thyroid since I was 6 WEEKS old. Yes, I was very, very lucky that the doctor caught it in time (and this was back in 1967).

A couple of other thoughts - have you had your cortisol levels or your ferritin levels checked? If you are low on iron, that would be a start to help with your thyroid. Also, adrenal fatigue if you are low on cortisol. I'd suggest Janie Bowthorpe's "Stop The Thyroid Madness". She's very educated on what could be causing this (she also did the podcast with Jimmy!!).

I bought her book and feel so much better. MD's and Endo's usually are not the best doctors to go for these things. Either a D.O., or a naturapath or a MD that deals in environmental medicine. I thought I had found a good doctor after my MD was being a jerk. Nope - she still needs some work LOL.

I hope you find a good doc and feel better soon :-)



RE: Do low carb diets worsen hypothyroidism? , 03-25-2011 04:18 PM


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Low carb really helped my thyroid, and I stay away
from soy in all forms now as much as possible.
RE: Do low carb diets worsen hypothyroidism? , 03-29-2011 02:54 PM


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How are you all doing? I have to put forth a question about a problem I am experiencing, and I trust I will get lots of good input about this. I have been hypothyroid my entire life. This runs in my family and I have been on medication forever, though I never thought it worked too well. For the most part of my life I have had fatigue that I slug through, weight problems that low carb and paleo diet have helped a lot. I've been on a drastic change for the last year, going off all grains (whew, that feels better) cutting sugar, loosing a bunch of weight. In the last 6 months I have had a creeping sensation that my thyroid problem has worsened since I often have most of the low thyroid symptoms. Very recently it has become clear that this is the case and I will be allowed a larger dose of medication, but it never seems to work too well. I have taken supplements for 35 years including magnesium, zinc, selenium, C, B, choline and inositol. I took D for about a year but now my level is too high so I've stopped. Why is it that low carb diets seem to sometimes result in worse hypothyroidism? What can be done? I am feeling suddenly pretty bad with it, noticing my mood sinking too. ? I am new to this forum. 1st day/1st post. I would like to suggest that you check out earthclinic.com under hypothyroidism to see if there are some natural treatments that may help. God Bless!
RE: Do low carb diets worsen hypothyroidism? , 03-30-2011 01:29 AM


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I have been through most of this.. Every diet, different meds

The best diet was low carb, and the worst meds contained synthetic T4.

Good thyroid docs are very hard to find. I would find a new doc.

I really doubt low carb Eating is hurting things at all.
RE: Do low carb diets worsen hypothyroidism? , 04-30-2011 11:41 PM


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Oh hey, I had switched from coffee to tea, thinking I was being good and found out that tea contains fluoride, which is one of the triggers for me.

I cut out the tea which helped and then I started taking a good chelated magnesium supplement which is helping too.

On a side note, I have been noticing that soy and soy oil is rapidly becoming an ingredient in soaps, shampoos, conditions and cosmetics. Sorry if this was already mentioned...just something to be mindful of.
RE: Do low carb diets worsen hypothyroidism? , 05-01-2011 01:22 PM


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I cut out the tea which helped and then I started taking a good chelated magnesium supplement which is helping too.

On a side note, I have been noticing that soy and soy oil is rapidly becoming an ingredient in soaps, shampoos, conditions and cosmetics. Sorry if this was already mentioned...just something to be mindful of.
I am hypothyroid and have been low carbing for about 4 months now, and what a difference in my life! The brain fog is gone and I'm losing weight, and I feel like I'm returing to the old me.

I have noticed that I have severe reactions to soy - so I'm avoiding tuna, have Hellmann's mayo sparingly (going to make my own mayo soon!) So far, I am avoiding soy in my diet, and now I guess I need to be mindful of non-food products too! Thanks for mentioning, and I wish you all good health!
RE: Do low carb diets worsen hypothyroidism? , 10-20-2011 12:48 PM


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Hi there,
Your question: Is my low carbing making my thyroid go more hypo? My answer is: NO. It's not your low carbing per se that is affecting you but it is your diet (not your actual way of eating) but the fact that you are trying to change your weight by dieting.

I too have had lifelong thyroid issues. Hypo on mum's side of the family and hyper on my dads. I have always been hypo but not bad enough to be on medication. However, after I started low carbing I swung the other way and developed Graves Disease which made my thyroid hyper. We have to remember that any dietary change is very stressful on the body in all ways. Therefore if you have Hashimotos or Graves in your family it is likely you do too (very genetic), and it will come out of "remission" in your times of stress. Of course that would make your thyroid go even more Hypo or Hyper depending on what you have.

Forgive me if this is now being repeated, but if you truly have thyroid issues, it should not be handled by a GP long term. Get thee to an Endo if you don't have them managing your thyroid troubles. GP's don't know enough about managing the thyroid.

You should specifically ask to be tested for Hashimotos since your TSH has gotten higher. Do you have any nodules? Have you checked for any "lumps" there lately?

Unfortunately for me my Graves/thyroid did not make me lose more weight. Not all hyper people are skinny and not all hypo people are fat. In fact I put even more on and have been gaining if I'm not on my anti thyroid meds. I've also been off my low carb regime for a while and came here to be inspired once again.

I think low carbing is a more natural way of eating for most people simply because we end up eating more natural and unprocessed foods. At least I did. If I had the money to buy organic meats I definitely would. Sorry I'm kind of rambling now but that's my take. I hope you do get an Endo and check for Hashimotos, but don't blame low carb, I think its more the stress from the diet (and your life?) than anything else. My humble opinion of course.
Monica.


How are you all doing? I have to put forth a question about a problem I am experiencing, and I trust I will get lots of good input about this. I have been hypothyroid my entire life. This runs in my family and I have been on medication forever, though I never thought it worked too well. For the most part of my life I have had fatigue that I slug through, weight problems that low carb and paleo diet have helped a lot. I've been on a drastic change for the last year, going off all grains (whew, that feels better) cutting sugar, loosing a bunch of weight. In the last 6 months I have had a creeping sensation that my thyroid problem has worsened since I often have most of the low thyroid symptoms. Very recently it has become clear that this is the case and I will be allowed a larger dose of medication, but it never seems to work too well. I have taken supplements for 35 years including magnesium, zinc, selenium, C, B, choline and inositol. I took D for about a year but now my level is too high so I've stopped. Why is it that low carb diets seem to sometimes result in worse hypothyroidism? What can be done? I am feeling suddenly pretty bad with it, noticing my mood sinking too. ?
RE: Do low carb diets worsen hypothyroidism? , 10-20-2011 06:12 PM


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"Nothing out of a packet or a box" is still a fairly good starting rule.


I was going to include "bottle", but red wine is (kind of, sort of) ok-ish.

Regards,
Mike



RE: Do low carb diets worsen hypothyroidism? , 10-20-2011 08:28 PM


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RE: Do low carb diets worsen hypothyroidism? , 10-20-2011 10:23 PM


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Monnie:
Hi. Good advice. I see you have "been there, done that" too.

Depending on the person, even endos can be a bad choice. I had to see a doc that knew how to treat both the thyroid and adrenals, and the diet was specifically low carb too. The best endos know what to do with a T3 test, know what rT3 does (and check it), and know how to prescribe either natural T3, or a T3/T4 combo.

I think my doc knows what he is doing by picking low carb to go along with thyroid and the other meds.
RE: Do low carb diets worsen hypothyroidism? , 10-20-2011 11:02 PM


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Thank you Jimmy, nice to be here!

RE: Do low carb diets worsen hypothyroidism? , 10-20-2011 11:12 PM


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Oh boy, I've been there and done that some more too. You see I can be quite stubborn but at least I learn my my mistakes after a few times!

I had to be cardioverted (electric shock to the heart) 3 times now because my thyroid went all crazy with whats called a thyroid storm. All this because I would not stay on my meds. Kept thinking the meds were making me fatter and fatter. I've since learned that no, it doesn't matter whether I'm hypo or hyper, I gain weight easily no matter which way I'm headed.

I agree low carbing is best for thyroid management, my Endo agrees too. I absolutely love her. She's the best for me and she listens too! I had another Endo before I found her and I'd leave his office in tears every time, even though he was considered one of the best thyroid endo's in Toronto.

Tell me, which specialist concentrates on adrenals? Is it not the Endocrinologists? Or would that be a neuro thing? My adrenals were also affected by the thyroid storms. Thyroid storms are rare and only happen to 2-5% of Graves patients but I happen to be one of the lucky ones. Yea!

Hi. Good advice. I see you have "been there, done that" too.

Depending on the person, even endos can be a bad choice. I had to see a doc that knew how to treat both the thyroid and adrenals, and the diet was specifically low carb too. The best endos know what to do with a T3 test, know what rT3 does (and check it), and know how to prescribe either natural T3, or a T3/T4 combo.

I think my doc knows what he is doing by picking low carb to go along with thyroid and the other meds.
RE: Do low carb diets worsen hypothyroidism? , 10-21-2011 07:25 AM


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Tell me, which specialist concentrates on adrenals? Is it not the Endocrinologists? Or would that be a neuro thing? My adrenals were also affected by the thyroid storms. Thyroid storms are rare and only happen to 2-5% of Graves patients but I happen to be one of the lucky ones. Yea!

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Most endos are still terrible because they think too narrow. The standard thyroid drug Synthroid (synthetic T4) is all they want to know.

I ended up going to a place that specializes in the tougher thyroid cases, and they also do chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. How do you find one? There are so few it's hard to say. Maybe look for one that knows how to prescribe and manage more hormones than just thyroid. The doc I see also uses progesterone, testosterone, cortisol (be careful with this one) and HGH-plus this place finds good supplements and checks how they are working out with blood tests.
RE: Do low carb diets worsen hypothyroidism? , 03-09-2013 11:23 AM


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