Posted on 20 Dec 2014

Subclinical Thyroid and Diet

This condition refers to the state prior to exhibiting hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid. The thyroid hormone level will be normal, however the serum thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) will be raised. The raise in TSH will indicate the pituitary gland will be working harder to maintain a normal level of thyroid in the blood stream. The symptoms tend to be subtle, and therefore may be associated with the tendency of slowing down as we age. Around 3% to 8% of the population is effected by subclinical thyroid, unfortunately it is more common in women, and the likelihood of developing the condition increases with age. It is an autoimmune condition, and it can occur in families.

Thyroid Diet An underactive thyroid is associated with a decrease in metabolism, and therefore the tendency to gain weight can be a problem. There are some steps to take to guard against weight gain and improve the hormone balance. Simple carbohydrates, such as sugar and white flour can easily be replaced with complex carbohydrates such as whole grains. This step will also improve constipation, which is a symptom of a subclinical thyroid. Saturated fats and trans fats can be replaced with salmon, sardines, mackerel, and walnuts, foods rich in omega-3.

There is still a debate as to whether this condition should be treated, and the treatment offered to yourself will depend on your health professional. However, you may be advised to avoid certain foods, and they are cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, peanuts, and soybeans. These foods can interfere with the thyroid function.


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