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Underactive thyroid. Have I really got to eat seaweed?

Postby Superflor » Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:58 pm

So got my annual blood tests today and the thyroid was at 4.7 whatever that means. Doc said not bad enough to need treatment borderline. So here I am asking what to do.

I suppose I might need more iodin?. i was just using iodised salt in and on meals. What do people recommend to get a healthy level? I don't want to go overboard and am not a big fan of seaweedy stuff but will try and incorporate that if that is necessary.
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Re: Underactive thyroid. Have I really got to eat seaweed?

Postby JS » Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:22 am

Presuming it is a result of lack of iodine although on nhs direct it did say that was rare these days in UK, the you could take veg1 (vegan society vit)? That has 150 microgarms of iodine in it which is supposed to be 100% RDA if you not currently takign anything else. I am sure too much iodin emight not be a good thing either although how much is too much you'd have to scout around :)

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Thyroid-un ... tment.aspx
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Postby Linnéa76 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:42 am

I guess it's hard to know what's causing it, supplementing iodine is worth trying and also I understand one should take it a little easy with soy
products. Maybe be a little scientific about it and try one thing at a time to see what works?
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Postby vCLaW » Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:10 pm

I think seaweed can be an unreliable source of iodine - some can contain hardly any, whereas other stuff contains loads. And having excessive iodine can be harmful.
Some advice from the Vegan Society here: http://www.vegansociety.com/lifestyle/n ... odine.aspx
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Re: Underactive thyroid. Have I really got to eat seaweed?

Postby Superflor » Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:05 pm

thanks for the info. I was thinking about taking the Veg1 again but I found that it goes kinda old towards the end, same as with some B supplements. I am just using Holland and Barratts B 100 complex and I notice they have thos little drying sachets inside their bottles.

I defo don't wanna go overbboard with supplements. but will investiggate further.
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Re: Underactive thyroid. Have I really got to eat seaweed?

Postby xanthia » Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:11 am

4.7 is your TSH level, and for my Endocrinologist that's high. Most will treat at 3.5-4 with medication. I don't have a thyroid (cancer scare, had it removed) and I keep my TSH levels at around 1. Yes, 1. When they go above that I have a lack of energy, gain weight easily, have skin and hair issues and can't sleep even though I'm tired.

I don't know if you have any symptoms but you might want to see a specialist if you have one in your area. One thing for hypothyroid patients (you are hypo - underactive thyroid, hyper is overactive which can be very dangerous) is most avoid soy, and raw goitrogens (broccoli, kale, cabbage), but you CAN have the goitrogens if they are cooked. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goitrogen

Your food can affect your thyroid fuction if you have a sluggish thyroid so it's best to pay attention at least at first to see what works and what doesn't. This can end up a very long post so if you want more information I'm more than happy to help you out. There are a lot of online resources to get you started.
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Re: Underactive thyroid. Have I really got to eat seaweed?

Postby Superflor » Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:58 am

Thanks very much, xanthia. That cleared things up for me. I stopped taking the kelp tabs 2 days ago cos I wasn't sure i was doing the right thing, but maybe I was. I felt they were speeding my metabolism up and started to feel a little jittery (not loads but as I wasn't sure if i was underactive or over, thought I'd best stop). I would be very grateful of any other info you could provide. I'd get another test done but I live in Spain and have just moved and am not covered by social security at the moment. I was probably ok with the kelp then?

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Postby xanthia » Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:14 pm

I probably wouldn't do the kelp and watch for those heart racings, they are a sign that things are a bit too high. I've honestly never taken it but I haven't had an iodine problem either.

Check out your diet too, make sure if you are eating broccoli and some of those other foods in the link that they are at least steamed and not raw and cut down on the soy (if you happen to eat a lot of it). When you make changes even when you are on medication it takes 4-6 weeks for your system to sync up, so don't worry about testing right away.
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Postby Rach » Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:49 pm

Superflor I echo what xanthia says, I haven't a thyroid either and feel best when my TSH is around 1. I found soy interfered with absorption of the medicine and had a significant impact on my TSH levels. Do you have a lot of soy? Even if you're not on medication, if you have a lot of soy then maybe cut it out for a period and get a retest and see what the results are. If things get no better then you could ask your doc their thoughts about testing for thyroid antibodies and thyroid hormone replacement.
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Re: Underactive thyroid. Have I really got to eat seaweed?

Postby Superflor » Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:43 am

Right. Will cut down on the soy, see what happens after a few months and a retest. Thanks.
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Re: Underactive thyroid. Have I really got to eat seaweed?

Postby beforewisdom » Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:12 pm

[quote="Superflor"]So got my annual blood tests today and the thyroid was at 4.7 whatever that means. Doc said not bad enough to need treatment borderline. So here I am asking what to do.

I suppose I might need more iodin?. i was just using iodised salt in and on meals. What do people recommend to get a healthy level? I don't want to go overboard and am not a big fan of seaweedy stuff but will try and incorporate that if that is necessary.


I don't know if it is the case in the UK, but in the US you can buy iodized table salt for a pittance. You will not need that much.
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Re: Underactive thyroid. Have I really got to eat seaweed?

Postby Superflor » Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:05 pm

I have always used iodized salt.
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