Hypothyroidism

Our consultants recommends you to Check for following features seen in people having ‘hypothyroidism’-

The symptoms of hypothyroidism vary widely, from no symptoms to marked symptoms, to, rarely, life-threatening symptoms. The symptoms of hypothyroidism are notorious for their nonspecific nature and for the way in which they mimic many of the normal changes of aging.The extent of symptoms depends on the severity of the hormone deficiency and the speed with which the deficiency developed. Usually, symptoms are milder when hypothyroidism develops gradually.

General symptoms — Thyroid hormone normally stimulates metabolism, and most of the symptoms of hypothyroidism reflect slowing of metabolic processes. General symptoms may include fatigue, sluggishness, weight gain, and difficulty tolerating cold weather.

Skin — Hypothyroidism can decrease sweating. The skin may become dry and thick. The hair may become coarse or thin, eyebrows may disappear, and nails may become brittle.

Reproductive system — Women with hypothyroidism have menstrual cycle irregularities, ranging from absent or infrequent periods to very frequent and heavy periods. The menstrual irregularities can make it difficult to become pregnant, and pregnant women with hypothyroidism have an increased risk for miscarriage during early pregnancy.

Neuromuscular system — Hypothyroidism depresses the nervous system, which can result in fatigue.

Eyes — Hypothyroidism can lead to mild swelling around the eyes. People who develop hypothyroidism as a result of treatment for hyperthyroidism caused by Graves’ disease may also retain some of the eye symptoms of Graves’ disease, including protrusion of the eyes, the appearance of staring, and impaired movement of the eyes.

Myxedema coma — Very rarely, if a person has severe hypothyroidism, any trauma, infection, exposure to the cold, and certain medications can trigger a life-threatening condition called myxedema coma, with not only a loss of consciousness, but also hypothermia (low body temperature).

Respiratory system — Hypothyroidism weakens the respiratory muscles and decreases lung function. The resulting symptoms may overlap with those of cardiovascular compromise — fatigue, shortness of breath on exertion, and decreased ability to exercise. Hypothyroidism can also lead to swelling of the tongue and sleep apnea, a condition characterized by periodic blockage of the airway while sleeping, fitful sleep, and daytime sleepiness. Furthermore, hypothyroidism can cause a hoarse voice.

Cardiovascular system — Hypothyroidism slows the heart rate and weakens the heart’s contractions, decreasing this vital organ’s overall function. Related symptoms may include fatigue and shortness of breath with exercise. These symptoms may be more severe in people who also have cardiovascular disease. In addition, hypothyroidism can cause mild hypertension and raise blood levels of cholesterol.

Gastrointestinal system — Hypothyroidism slows the actions of the digestive tract, causing constipation. Rarely, the digestive tract may stop moving contents entirely.Exercise is an important factor in the treatment of hypothyroid

Q & A

Q-WHAT ARE HOMOEOPATHIC PROSPECTS IN TREATMENT OF HYPOTHYROIDISM?

A-DRMANISH SATSANGI,OUR SENIOR CONSULTANT SPEAKS WITH TASTE OF OPTIMISM,HE OPINES THAT THE SOONER THE TREATMENT ENSUES BETTER ARE PROSPECTS OF EARLY CONTROL AND LONG TERM SOLUTION,ONCE PATIENT IS PUT ON THYROID REPLACEMENT REGIMEN(VIZ ELTROXIN/THYRONORM COMMON BRANDS) IT IS NOT ADVISABLE TO TAPER OFF WITHOUT CLOSE MONITORING OF RELATED THYROID PROFILE AND PATIENT DISCOMFITURE,INA NUTSHELL,HYPOTHYROIDISM>3YRS ARE IN LATTER CATEGORIES WHERE PATIENT HAS TO HAVE PATIENTCE AND MUST COOPERATE INTENSIVELY FOR THE SUCCESS OF THE THERAPY,HE FURTHER REITERATES OF HAVING ‘FAIR CONTROL OBTAINED IN CASES >3YRS’,HE ALWAYS PERSISTS ON CLEAR UNDERSTANDING AND DISCUSSING TO DETAILS OF PROS AND CONS WITH THE PATIENT BEFORE ENSUING ANY SUCH REGIMEN,ALSO DIFFERENT AETIOLOGY(CAUSES) INVOLVED MAY AFFECT THE TREATMENT COURSE AND OUTCOME BUT ON AVERAGE THE NEW CASE OF HYPOTHYRODISM IE <1YR FINDS RESTORATION TO NORMALCY IN 3-12MONTHS AND LONG STANDING CASE MAY FOLLOW TREATMENT OF 1YR-3YRS FOR NORMALCY,IN SHORT THE GREATER THE CHRONICITY, WE FIND ASSOCIATED COMPLICATION MORE INTENSE AND PERMANENT,THE GREATER IS THE EFFORT AND TIME DURATION.

WHAT MAY TIP DOWN THYROID BALANCE- -Preliminary studies have found an association between multiple chemical sensitivities and hypothyroidism. One study found a correlation between high blood levels of lead, a toxic heavy metal, and low thyroid hormone levels. Many of these people also complained of depression, fatigue, constipation, and poor memory (symptoms of hypothyroidism). Hypothyroidism is most often the result of Hashimoto’s disease, also known as chronic thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid gland). In this disease, the immune system fails to recognize that the thyroid gland is part of the body’s own tissue and attacks it as if it were a foreign body. The attack by the immune system impairs thyroid function and sometimes destroys the gland. Other causes of hypothyroidism include:

  1. Radiation. Radioactive iodine used to treat hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) or radiation treatments for head or neck cancers can destroy the thyroid gland.
  2. 2-Surgery. Removal of the thyroid gland because of cancer or other thyroid disorders can result in hypothyroidism.
  3. Viruses and bacteria. Infections that depress thyroid hormone production usually cause permanent hypothyroidism.
  4. Medication. Nitroprusside, lithium, or iodides can induce hypothyroidism. Because patients who use these medications are closely monitored by their doctors, this side effect is very rare.
  5. Pituitary gland malfunction. This is a rare condition in which the pituitary gland fails to produce enough TSH to activate the thyroid’s production of T4.
  6. Congenital defect. One of every 4,000 babies is born without a properly functioning thyroid gland.
  7. Diet. Because the thyroid makes T4 from iodine drawn from food, an iodine-deficient diet can cause hypothyroidism. Adding iodine to table salt and other common foods has eliminated iodine deficiency in the United States. Certain foods (cabbage, rutabagas, peanuts, peaches, soybeans, spinach) can interfere with thyroid hormone production.
  8. Environmental contaminants. Certain man-made chemicals-such as PCBs-found in the local environment at high levels may also cause hypothyroidism.
  9. Hypothyroidism is sometimes referred to as a “silent” disease because early symptoms may be so mild that no one realizes anything is wrong. Untreated symptoms become more noticeable and severe, and can lead to confusion and mental disorders, breathing difficulties, heart problems, fluctuations in body temperature, and death.

WHAT MAY HELP TO RESTORE THYROID BALANCE- we do not recommend any specific dietary patterns for patient undergoing hypothyroidism on homoeopathy,there are certainly few tips which may help in eventfree and quick recovery on weight control,hairloss,skin texture,moody blues,neuropathic changes like cramps and painful legs,palpitation and anxietyand so on,they are-Start taking 3glasses in morning as afirst work.Stop drinking water after meals instead take this 10minutes before meals.

Small amount of germinated /sprout wheat and grams consumed on daily basis.Above all healty attitude,no fear ,positive attitude and strong faith together with optimism shall make the treatment short and effective.

Exercise may be equally important to optimize recovery- Exercise is important to maintain health, but many people with hypothyroidism lack the energy to exercise. One expert suggests splitting exercise into several short sessions.Exercise is an important factor in the treatment of hypothyroidism. Exercise increases tissue sensitivity to the thyroid hormone and stimulates thyroid gland secretion. This is especially true in people who are dieting; this is because when dieting the metabolic rate decreases but exercise prevents this decline. An exercise regime of between 15-20 minutes per day will be beneficial with hypothyroidism. This exercise needs to be strenuous enough to raise the heartbeat, an exercise such as walking, swimming, running and cycling.In conclusion, to hypothyroidism, it is best not to consume foods high in goitrogens especially raw but to increase foods high in iodine in the diet, to exercise daily for 20 minutes, to supplement the diet with multi minerals and multi vitamins, B complex, vitamin C, manganese, tyrosine, kelp and iodine and to check whether sensitivity to chemicals are causing hypothyroidism. Some Chinese herbs may also help

The following supplements may help if you are suffering from Hypothyroidism. 1-B vitamins complex, Manganese, Multi vitamin and multi minerals, Vitamin C, Tyrosine, Kelp, Iodine,Make sure your thyroid levels are checked regularly, so your medication is done and regimen may be changed. 2-Take regular exercise. Physical activity is especially important if you suffer from hypothyroidism. It is essential in order to help speed up your metabolism for better weight control. 3-Try to avoid alcohol and manage your stress. 4-Eat a varied low-fat diet which includes plenty of fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and oily fish. These foods may help the thyroid function. 5-Eat less cabbage and soya beans. These foods may reduce the thyroid function. 6-take menu low in saturated fat and cholesterol and moderate in total fat intake (less than 10 percent of your daily calories should come from saturated fat, and less than 30 percent of your daily calories should come from total fat) includes a variety of grains daily, especially whole grains, a good source of fiber 7-includes enough fruits and vegetables (a variety of each, five to nine servings each day) 8-has foods prepared with less sodium or salt (aim for no more than 2,400 milligrams of sodium per day, or about one teaspoon of salt per day for a healthy heart) 9-if you drink alcoholic beverages, does not include more than one drink per day (two drinks per day for men)

PLEASE FIND SOURCES FOR ZINC/IODINE/ANTIOXIDANTS ETC-

Iodine-It is well documented that a diet low in iodine is associated with hypothyroidism or under-active thyroid. The best supply of iodine is from sea salt and seaweed. However do NOT take ANY iodine supplements without first consulting your doctor because excessive amounts of iodine can also lead to hypothyroidism.

Iodine With Vitamin E-When people with underactive thyroid glands take 4mg of iodine and 20-30drops(~30mg dose) of either passiflora incarnate or piper methysticum(kava kava) or Echinacea ang., it has been found that the amount of iodine taken up by the gland increases and the quantity of thyroid hormones in the blood also increase “almost immediately and markedly”.

Brassica Vegetables-Cabbage and other brassicas vegetables (eg. Chinese leaves, brussel sprouts, turnips and kale) contain compounds known as ‘thioglucosides’ which, if taken in excess can disrupt the function of the thyroid gland. However, it should be stressed that this tends to occur only in people whose diets are already deficient in iodine.


Additional inputs-

  • Zinc-An Italian study shows that supplementing the diet with zinc improves thyroid function. Many patients with hypothyroidism have low levels of zinc, and the study demonstrated that over 50 percent of patients given zinc supplementation experienced improved thyroid function which reduced the incidence of clinical hypothyroidism.flax seed powder are excellent source of antioxidants and microelemnt , daily intake may be close to 4-6tablespoon/day
  • A variety of vegetables and fruits – women should have 6-11 servings a day constituted of refined carbohydrates instead of whole food grains. This may include white rice, pasta, sweets, and white potatoes.
  • 2-3 servings of protein a day that may include lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, or legumes
  • 20-35 % of total calories from fat that may include olive, peanut, canola oils, and most nuts and polyunsaturated fats (e.g.,corn, safflower, and soybean oils, flaxseed oil, fatty fish). Trans and saturated fats should be avoided.
  • Low sugar and sodium intakes
  • Drink at least eight glasses of fluid a day. Limit intake of juice and soda.

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