I have just started eating mostly Paleo for the last 2 months and have lost 6 pounds. I have hypothyroidism, which was diagnosed a year and a half ago. I have been on Armor thyroid med since my diagnosis. I was never able to lose weight no matter how much exercise I did- until I started this plan. I'm not tired and fatigued like I used to be. Is this an indication that I may not need the med anymore? Will it negatively affect my thyroid if I don't need it anymore but am continuing to take it?
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on April 13, 2013
at 07:56 PM
I would suggest getting your TSH, free T4 and free T4 hormone levels checked. If they look good and you feel great then you can consider cutting back (not eliminate) your meds, but certainly don't cut back by more than half. And only do this with the full knowledge, and hopefully consent, from your doctor. Then get retested again in six weeks to gauge your condition.
There are testimonials out there by those with Hashimoto's who've been helped tremendously by going gluten free. Anti-thyroid antibody levels are reduced and the thyroid begins to function normally, or near normally ... perhaps not forever but for a good amount of time. Hopefully you will be as fortunate.
on April 13, 2013
at 07:33 PM
I've been on, then off, then back on Armour while eating this way. It has been guided by a combination of labs and how I feel. If you are taking a high enough dose that you becoming hyperthyroid, that could cause problems, but otherwise you should be fine. I'd recommend testing every 6 weeks or so while you are adjusting to the new diet, instead of the every six months that is typical once your dosage is set. Personally, I started at 2 grains, and tapered down to 1/2 grain, and then none after about a year on paleo, when I just started forgetting to take it and felt fine. During my last pregnancy I went back on it because my TSH started to climb up again, and even though I felt fine it seemed prudent.
on May 21, 2013
at 09:36 AM
you feeling not tired means that the dose of hormones is finely right for you, you should not be getting off the medication yet. do you know what caused hypothyroidism in the first place? find out. also need to have a thyroid ultrasound to see if there's anything left of it, if there is a good portion left and it can function, then go ahead and get yourself on thyroid support/gut support and try moving off the medication after x months little by little while monitoring your progress