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Do hypothyroid people need a special diet or exercise?

Q: I am 50 years old. At the age of 39 years, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. After diagnosis, I was on carbimazole for 8-9 months. My condition improved and I remained fine for 6 years without drugs. Slowly the TSH level increased and after 3 tests with several months gap, I was given Thyroxine 50 microgram daily and had to continue it for 3 years. I took blood tests every year for T3, T4 and TSH. The thyroid hormone levels have been within range. Will I need more hormone supplements? Is there any way to keep my thyroid glands healthy and function normally? Do I need any special exercise for that?

A:1. Most patients with hypothyroidism require lifelong treatment, but the dose of thyroxine may need to be adjusted. You should always inform your Endocrinologist/Physician about any other medications that you take, because of the possibility of drug interactions. 2. There is no need for a special diet or special exercise to keep your thyroid health. There is no way to keep your thyroid healthy other than a healthy diet. 3. Most of the patients need life long treatment. There is a very small chance that you will not need any medication (Euthyroid) or will again become overactive (hyperthyroid).


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