Nenetta, it is known that individuals who had their thyroid removed
(thyroidectomy) often have problems with weight gain – this is especially so
with women. There are a few things one can do to assist in controlling one’s
weight. The first is to make an appointment with your doctor to go over your
current medications. Patients are typically given thyroxine as a way to replace
the hormone that is normally produced by the thyroid gland. Ask your doctor to
do a blood test to determine the level of thyroid hormone. It may be that the
levels are too low and the doctor may have to increase your medication.
thing that can be done is to reduce the number of kilojoules that you consume. It
is usually helpful for thyroidectomy patients to control their weight by eating
low-fat and low-sugar foods. Most of one’s kilojoules should come from healthy
protein sources, like skinless chicken, turkey breast, tofu and egg whites. In
addition, eat plenty of non-starchy vegetables including lettuce, broccoli,
onions, pepper, green beans and asparagus. Include a small amount of healthy
fats, like olive oil and nuts. Fruits can be consumed for snacks. Also, your
diet should be low in carbohydrates. A low-carb diet is important because
patients with the thyroid gland removed, has a problem in metabolising
carbohydrates quickly, which could raise blood sugar levels. Elevated blood
sugar can make you feel hungry and cause you to overeat. Look after your diet
in collaboration with a Registered Dietician.
it is essential to be as physically active as possible in order to help burn up
kilojoules after a thyroidectomy since your metabolism may have slowed due to
the lack of the thyroxine and triiodothyronine in your body. These hormones are
produced by the thyroid and help control metabolism. Wait until you have
recovered from surgery and you have received your doctor’s okay to start
working out. Low-intensity and prolonged periods of exercise will work best for
patients with thyroid conditions. Spend 45 minutes to an hour each day
participating in activities like walking, jogging and cycling. (MCH).
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