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Diet in hypothyroidism

Q: I am a case of Hypothyroidism for about 20 years and am on Eltroxin 1 & 1/2 tab. daily on empty stomach. The TSH is 6 and yet problems with body weight, acidity and sleeplessness are persisting. I am working in the administartive department of an electronics firm. My diet comprises rice, fish, mutton, chicken, sometime egg, pulses, and vegetables. I am taking no other medicines. Kindly advise the way I can get rid of these problems.

A:Your obesity is clearly not due to the hypothyroidism. Physical exercise cannot be done for just a few weeks or months: it has to become a permanent part of your lifestyle, on a daily basis, for a sufficient time each day. You may also consult a good dietician to take a detailed diet history and guide you about making the right diet choices: again, not go on a diet, but make changes to become part of your lifestyle permanently. Eg. increase intake of fruits and salads, drink plenty of water, etc.I do not feel it is possible to go beyond this general advice and solve all your problems in this forum. You need to consult a competent doctor/dietician to take a detailed history and then give you specific advice.

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