Posted by: axeman | 2005/01/13

underactive thyroid

My daughter has been told that she has a slightly underactive thyroid. She has been advised too wait for 6 months and then they will decide whether or not she requires medication.

She feels that she is gaining weight and is concerned that she will have difficulty losing it again.

She smokes (10 - 20 on a bad day over 24 hr period), does not drink, does not generally eat breakfast and often skips lunch. She is not a very big eater but does drink quite a lot of tea approx 4, 5 cups (2 coffee) and water. She uses a lot of milk and has 4 spoons of sugar (rarely eats sweets etc)

Are there any foods or supplements that would be particularly beneficial.

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Axeman, waiting 6 months is a long time – one month should do the trick. If it is still underactive, she can take a low dose of thyroid hormone and have the thyroid levels checked after one, three and six months. Cutting down on her sugar would be a good idea and stopping smoking is always a good idea. Good luck.

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