I hope someone may have the same issue or dilemma as myself who can answer my question. I am trying to get my Hemoglobin A1C down. I got it from 5.9 to 5.5 in 2 yrs. by going fairly low carb. Now I get a test which shows a high TSH and I have been hearing that eating some starch can normalize and help the thyroid. I really don't want to go on drugs or hormones, so I would love to do this naturally. I eat seaweed for the iodine, btw. That being said, there are people like Dr. Richard Bernstein, Dr. Ron Rosedale and so many others who would consider my A1C numbers diabetic and forbid me from starches. I've noticed that when I eat a little sweet potato with my meals, I don't get nocturnal calf cramps. It's kind of a catch 22 for me. Should I eat some starch to fix thyroid and can it fix thyroid? Should I not eat starch to avoid diabetes?
The fighting, the diet wars and disagreements with all the "experts" makes me crazy because our lives are at stake here
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There's a lot of debate on the hypothyroidism and Iodine thing, my understanding (from what I have read about this subject) is that iodine should help a lot stimulating conversion from T4 to T3, BUT in some cases an immune reaction may work in the wrong way and make things worse, that's why there's so much debate today as for whether iodine is good or bad for the thyroid.
Seems that in order to make iodine work, selenium is very important and that an unbalance between the two can play a huge role in success or failure.
See this link that explains some interesting things.
The fact that grains are a common source of selenium could be why people start getting into trouble when starting to go grain free and low carb. Putting some carbs into the equation can help the thyroid as they lower cortisol in general who competes with other hormones and interfere with the thyroid. But maybe that's not the real solution, just a quick fix.
I'd try to see if some additional selenium may do the trick for you. I'd keep with the seaweed and seafood in general, it's loaded with nutrients and omega 3 and should definitively help. I'd try adding some Brazil nuts, just 2 or 3 of them a day can provide you all needed daily intake of selenium. Ok they're pretty high in omega 6 and phytates but I guess in you case it's worth trying, you can offset the omega 6 with the seafood and grass-fed meat and clean eating with no refined sugars and grains.
I don't think that eating some sweet potato would hurt you if you keep your general carb intake no more high than 'moderate', and your mileage may vary, but I don't also think that you must go that way by force to fix the thyroid. The body should be able to run well with low carb, if not, IMHO one should work into this, paleo helps but I guess some time and tweaks will be needed when coming from diabetes, we're pretty messed up by our old habits...
Hope that helps!
Calf cramps can also be from calcium deficiency.
What does your flesh-and-blood doctor say? The e-docs can't interpret your blood test panel, and it sounds like someone has diagnosed you as pre diabetic.
When I was T2 diabetic, cooked starches sent my fasting blood glucose through the roof. Sushi rice was the worst, but overeating dry breakfast cereal was my main problem. My A1C came down when I severely restricted high glycemic carbs (sugars and starches) and lost weight.
You want to try something unconventional that will blow you away? Potato Starch.
Bob's Red Mill sells unmodified potato starch in 1 pound bags for like $2. Buy a couple pounds, and eat 4TBS of it a day. You have to eat it uncooked, mix it in yogurt, milk, ice cream, whipped cream, whatever you want. Eat it all at once or spread throughout the day--an after dinner smoothie with the whole 4TBS is easy.
Then check your FBG and watch it go down, down, down.
This works because of the 'second-meal effect' of resistant starch. I brought mine down from the 130's to high 80's in 2 weeks with this trick!
Make sure whatever potato starch you use is 'unmodified' and it can't be heated at all, or it will destroy the resistant starch aspect.
Try it and tell us!
Here's an article on the premise: http://images.abbottnutrition.com/ANHI/MEDIA/Second%20Meal%20Effect%20Review%20and%20Citation%20Table.pdf
Now, this doesn't address your thyroid. For that, i would recommend eating 1-2 large servings of starchy veg a day: Potatoes, rice, plantains, squash, sweet potatoes. Eat starch at every meal. Give it 3 months and retest TSH, should be in range. For further support, eat a can of sardines or smoked oysters every day or 4-5 times a week as a minimum. These contain all the iodine and selenium you'll ever need.
I'm sure sweet potato isn't the only thing you can consume to remedy your issue. It sounds like you've noticed a trend without caring to read further. Maybe this will help:
Lol, I must have missed the study that showed a sweet potato with dinner causes diabetes. Seriously, who comes up with this sh*t?
Just eat the dang sweet potato if it's the only thing helping you not cramp up in the middle of the night, you don't need to be stressing out about this.