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  1. #11

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    May 11, 2009
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    Default Re: know goitrogenic foods

    Quote Originally Posted by meow View Post
    Soy: Does it worsen hypothyroidism? -
    this recommends waiting at least 4 hours before consuming soy.
    Thank you. Of the sources you listed, Mayo Clinic is the only one I would personally rely on and that one doesn't seem to be sounding a definite alarm. I would need to check my own medical sources before putting much stock in any of the others.

    From Mayo Clinic (bolding mine):

    Soy: Does it worsen hypothyroidism?
    Is it true that people who have hypothyroidism should avoid soy?

    from Todd B. Nippoldt, M.D.
    Hypothyroidism is generally treated with synthetic thyroid hormone — and soy has long been thought to interfere with the body's ability to absorb the medication. However, there's no evidence that people who have hypothyroidism should avoid soy completely.

    If you have hypothyroidism, take thyroid hormone replacement as directed by your doctor — typically on an empty stomach. Generally, it's best to wait four hours after taking thyroid medication to consume any products that contain soy. The same guidelines apply to other products that may impair the body's ability to absorb thyroid medication, including high-fiber foods, iron and calcium supplements, and antacids that contain aluminum or magnesium.
    That sounds as if it is a precaution, just to be on the safe side, to give the body time to absorb the meds before consuming soy or other products that may impair ability to absorb the med. So far, however, although the instruction sheets with my Levothroid do tell me to wait before taking calcium supplements, there is no instruction like that about soy. That wouldn't likely be a food I would consider for breakfast, anyway. I do, however, enjoy using soy in my stir fry recipes and haven't noticed any ill effects.

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    I completely started avoiding all the foods on the goitrogenic list and over the last three months I saw my symptoms go away and my test results came back normal. I was not on meds yet, the doctor wanted to work on the prediabetes first and mine was not that extreme, but I had the thick tonque with the teeth marks in the sides and my eyebrows were almost gone on the sides and I had bad leg cramps which would wake me up, and now my tongue is almost back to normal and my eyebrows are coming back and leg cramps are not an issue anymore. I have not had to take any meds to do this and get my tests back to normal. I am also using suppliments and foods that are supposed to help with thyroid functioning as well.
    Canola oil is on the list too and I avoid it too along with anything soy, and I see it making a huge differance in my health. I miss broc and cauliflower and cabbage but I would much rather not eat foods I love then have to take meds and that is the attitude I am now taking toward Atkins and the prediabetes. No food in worth how I have been feeling and the health risks I have and I am finally over the denial and going to work hard.
    So, not eating those foods can help and got rid of years of symptoms. I am still healing but it is amazing how much better I am in just twelve weeks. My doctor who is an endrocrinologist did say that can help and did not think it was hype. He was as impressed with the changes as I am.
    Having had a doctor tell me my tongue was fat because I was fat, which horrified my endrocrinologist, I would make decsions based on your own research and success, some doctors , like my old doctor are not really as educated as others. I will not even start on all the other ignorant things that he told me that caused me to go to the specialist . I will never go back to him again.
    260.5 highest weight,
    scale was dead when I started it, just got it fixed , no starting weight this time
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    as of Feb 1 / 241.5
    Goals I am shooting for , will put dates as I reach them !!
    first goal weight 225
    Second goal weight 198
    third goal weight 175
    fourth goal weight150
    final goal weight 115

    When the pain of changing is less painful than the pain of staying the same, then you will change your life !! Do or not do, there is no try !!
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    I think i know this is months later, but please be aware that some thyroid patients are very sensitive to soy, and regardless of meds should avoid it. It can block the conversion of your T4 to T3. It's very individual, but you might want to avoid eating soy products and see if it helps you.

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