Post # 1
I recently found out I have hoshimotos and I am on synthroid. I have been reading that cutting out soy can help with weight loss and symptoms of hoshimotos. Has anyone done this?
I am am frustrated and overwhelmed- any advice would be appreciated 🙂
Post # 3
I have hypothyroid and so does my mom. Hers is much worse than mine and was caught much later. According to her, soy can interrupt the absorption of the thyroid hormone – so you’d basically be taking your Synthroid, but not getting the full benefits of it because not all of it was being absorbed by your body. But, her doctor also told her that if soy is just one of a list of ingredients in a product, it’s okay. You mostly want to steer clear of anything with large amounts of soy – soy milk, soy beans, tofu, etc.
Stopthethyroidmadness.com is a great resource! I was really surprised by a lot of things I learned from it, but some of it made perfect sense.
Post # 4
I have Hashi’s and its be pits. Soy is bad for you, but even worse is anything with Gluten since your body recognizes it as a pathogen (this is true for Hashi sufferers). I had to eliminate it completely from my diet and it was a life changer. I’ve been gluten free for 3 years and I can tell you that 100% my health is 95% better. With Hashi’s you really need to eat foods that heal your body – I advise researching online for diets that are specific for our condition. That, combined with your levo-thyroxine will allow you to effectlivly manage your life long condition.
Post # 5
Foods to avoid include grains, wheat, oat, rye, barley, etc. Eggs – especially egg yoke, raw cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussle sprouts, etc.
There is so much info on this if you look online. Also, if you haven’t already I highly suggest finding a endocrinologist to help put together a plan AND also a holistic doctor and let them both take a joint approach to treating you.
Post # 6
@jessmex12: my mom and daughter have hashimoto’s as soon as my daughter started on her levothyroxine she lost weight immediately. The downside to this is she has to have her levels checked frequently ( blood tests) and her meds increase/decrease as a result. She has gotten used to it but it’s a pain in the ass:) Upside she feels way better than she used to. there are so many websites to help educate you and ease your mind. I wish you the best!
Post # 7
My mom has had hypothyroidism for years, but she thinks she had it for 5-10 years before she was diagnosed. My doctor is concerned that I could possibly have it, because they did two blood tests and my levels were weird both times. I’m supposed to keep an eye on things and follow up in 6 months. Fun times. Sorry you’re going through this, OP :-/
Post # 8
I have hypothyroidism caused by hashimoto’s also. Mine is apparently ‘special’ since I’m one of a very few who doesn’t do well on synthroid; I have absorption problems so I got put on a new drug called tirosint. I have to take a very high dose as well. I can confirm that soy, as well as vitamins and other medicine, will interfere with proper absorption of your medicine. You should try and keep your soy intake constant, but there’s no need to cut it out entirely. Your doctor should have told you about the window of no eating/drinking/medicine around when you take your thyroid medicine. Vitamins need to be taken as far from your thyroid medicine as possible – I take mind at night, which gives my thyroid medicine an 8 hour window or so.
Pm me if you have any questions – I’ve had to educate myself quite a bit about hypothyroidism because I’ve had so many bad/downright negligent doctors.
As a final note though, please don’t look at the thyroid medicine as a weightloss drug. It’s not, and it’s not meant to cause weightloss except as incidental to your treatment. Losing too much weight on it can mean you’re getting too high a dose, which can be dangerous.
Post # 9
@zumbaista: Im on Tirosint, too. I love it as the other one’s with the ‘fillers’ made me really sick.
Post # 10
Hashimotos for almost 10 years. I reccomend seeing a naturopath.. I know it sounds quackish but it’s the only thing that worke for me at all. That’s after years of doctors and endocrinologists. Also be open to trying different brands of thyroid replacement, some people respond better to different meds. My doc added cytomel which helped me a lot but a lot of docs will not.
In general, the weight thing is just part of it. :/