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While patients may not be able to cure their underactive thyroid, there are some treatment options that can manage the condition.

Medications designed to level the thyroid’s hormones are the typical go-to treatments for hypothyroidism. In addition to these medications, patients must monitor their thyroid hormone levels on a regular basis, typically through blood tests

Patients who have hypothyroidism are usually treated with levothyroxine (Synthroid, Tirosint, Levoxyl, Unithroid, Levo-T), which is a human-made version of the naturally occurring hormone thyroxine (T4).

FAQ

Can hypothyroidism be cured naturally?

No, as there is no cure for hypothyroidism. However, this thyroid disorder is manageable with conventional medication. Some patients find success in managing their hypothyroidism using a variety of natural supplements, such as implementing the autoimmune paleo diet (AIP).

What happens if hypothyroidism is left untreated?

Left untreated, a variety of problems can arise, such as the following.

Heart Problems

Due to a lack of T3, there is an increased risk of the individual suffering heart failure. Specific cardiac problems include a substantial decrease in the amount of blood the heart pumps, otherwise known as decreased cardiac output.

High Cholesterol

In addition, underperforming thyroid glands can lead to elevated cholesterol levels. High cholesterol, in turn, increases the likelihood of the individual suffering a heart attack or a stroke.

Infertility and Pregnancy Problems

Infertility may result due to abnormal levels of sex hormones, which can affect egg and sperm production. Pregnancy problems can also arise, which include miscarriage, pre-term birth, and preeclampsia.

Impaired Kidney Function

Renal issues, such as low-functioning kidneys, can occur with underactive thyroid.

Nervous System Problems

Nervous system complications may arise; these complications include:

  • difficulty breathing,
  • trouble walking,
  • carpal tunnel syndrome,
  • hoarseness,
  • pain in the hands and feet, and
  • difficulty talking.

Myxedema Crisis

On rare occasions, a myxedema coma (myxedema crisis) can result. Myxedema crisis is a life-threatening complication that requires immediate medical attention.

What are the best foods to heal the thyroid?

The best foods to assist the thyroid include:

  • non-dairy fermented foods (e.g., apple cider vinegar)
  • all the different types of protein (beef, pork, poultry, seafood and eggs, etc.),
  • green tea,
  • bone broth,
  • gelatin,
  • vegetables,
  • herbs (e.g., turmeric and garlic),
  • arrowroot starch,
  • small portions of fruit, maple syrup, and honey.

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