Posted by: Nenetta | 2017/12/12


Weight loss after cancer

I have thyroide cancer and had 2 tumors removed,had radiasion 3 times,now i strugle with my weight,i am on 150 thyrikson,my thyroide was removed,what can i use so i dont get pregnent? and how can i lose weight,iam now 20 kg over what i must weigh

Expert's Reply


Cancer expert
- 2017/12/12

Dear 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.

Another 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.

Lastly, 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).

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

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