What type of diets work well for Hypothyroidism?

Posted by mebreedlove @mebreedlove, Apr 1 7:13pm

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and put on a regimen of vitamins and a thyroid medication. I have more energy then I used to but it’s been a few months and I haven’t noticed any changes in my weight. I haven’t seen an endocrinologist and it hasn’t been recommended that I do by my doctor. Should I find one and what type of diets work well for hypothyroidism? My research shows a Mediterranean diet works well. Anyone else struggling?

Hi, @mebreedlove Welcome to Connect.
I too have hypothyroidism. I do see an endocrinologist but my PCP could also handle it. My sister only sees her PCP for it. I think whether or not you NEED to see an endocrinologist depends on how severe your hypothyroidism is, or your personal preference. I really like my endocrinologist so I choose to go to him. My hypothyroidism is mild, I take the smallest possible dose of levothyroxine daily. I am also mildly diabetic, diet controlled with a very low A1c so my endocrinologist sees me for that also.
I do not do any special diet for my hypothyroidism and I did not see a weight change after going on medication.
JK

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I have the same chronic issues, and I prefer to see my Endocrinologist, but she has dismissed me because my AIC is below 7. My primary doctor writes prescriptions but does not educate me at all. He did send me to a nutritionist and I have handled my diet since then. I am keeping my blood sugar numbers at the pre diabetic level and sometimes reach close to 100. I am working on my blood pressure so I can get off pills which drug me so I can't work. I am beginning to get outside with the help of my granddaughter because I am worried about walking alone. I need to improve my balance, so she walks me on a low balance beam and we are setting up a gym with what equipment we have. I have a big box of Clorox wipes. Our family is pretty isolated and I have been housebound since the first of March. I feel pretty safe. Since my son-in-law's company closed permanently, the rest of my family has been working at home on computers. Grocery shopping is limited. We are not getting exposed, and no one comes to see us. My daughter says she is soon going to have the best looking yard in the neighborhood with her husband at home, and with her organization of the household. The University sent a refund on the college room and board fee. I am knitting my third pair of socks, which is relaxing. I wish I could do more to help others, as I have done all my life. Dorisena

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@dorisena

I have the same chronic issues, and I prefer to see my Endocrinologist, but she has dismissed me because my AIC is below 7. My primary doctor writes prescriptions but does not educate me at all. He did send me to a nutritionist and I have handled my diet since then. I am keeping my blood sugar numbers at the pre diabetic level and sometimes reach close to 100. I am working on my blood pressure so I can get off pills which drug me so I can't work. I am beginning to get outside with the help of my granddaughter because I am worried about walking alone. I need to improve my balance, so she walks me on a low balance beam and we are setting up a gym with what equipment we have. I have a big box of Clorox wipes. Our family is pretty isolated and I have been housebound since the first of March. I feel pretty safe. Since my son-in-law's company closed permanently, the rest of my family has been working at home on computers. Grocery shopping is limited. We are not getting exposed, and no one comes to see us. My daughter says she is soon going to have the best looking yard in the neighborhood with her husband at home, and with her organization of the household. The University sent a refund on the college room and board fee. I am knitting my third pair of socks, which is relaxing. I wish I could do more to help others, as I have done all my life. Dorisena

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@dorisena Whether or not an endocrinologist will see you based on your A1c must vary by doctor. My current A1c has been under 5! I prefer to see my endocrinologist for the same reasons you mention – his guidance. I just feel more comfortable that he knows these conditions better than my PCP does.

That's so nice that your granddaughter helps you. If you are afraid of falling you may want to consider getting an Apple watch. If money is an issue you can often pick up refurbished ones or ones on Ebay for less money. My daughter did that. Just make sure it is a recent enough model to have fall detection. If you fall the watch queries you to see if you are OK. If you don't respond it puts a call in for emergency help for you, and of course it knows exactly where you are. When I fell last summer due to a pre-syncope episode the watch alarm went off. I was OK so I was able to respond to it and then it took no further action.

Your family sounds as if they are making this isolation a productive time. That's the best we can do, after all who knows how long this may be for?
JK

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@dorisena Whether or not an endocrinologist will see you based on your A1c must vary by doctor. My current A1c has been under 5! I prefer to see my endocrinologist for the same reasons you mention – his guidance. I just feel more comfortable that he knows these conditions better than my PCP does.

That's so nice that your granddaughter helps you. If you are afraid of falling you may want to consider getting an Apple watch. If money is an issue you can often pick up refurbished ones or ones on Ebay for less money. My daughter did that. Just make sure it is a recent enough model to have fall detection. If you fall the watch queries you to see if you are OK. If you don't respond it puts a call in for emergency help for you, and of course it knows exactly where you are. When I fell last summer due to a pre-syncope episode the watch alarm went off. I was OK so I was able to respond to it and then it took no further action.

Your family sounds as if they are making this isolation a productive time. That's the best we can do, after all who knows how long this may be for?
JK

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I recently bought a Jitterbug phone and it meets my needs well. It has a GPS and it reports to my daughter if I go anywhere so I feel like a teenager who had his car taken away. Actually I am thrilled that my family checks on me and gets the dog food and such activities. I just need to get stronger to be able to maintain my active lifestyle which I have done for so many years. I don't know how much longer I can keep it up, but I am adjusting, because I am not handicapped enough to have to go to a facility. I feel quite safe these days. Dorisena

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