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You got tested for a thyroid condition: Now here are a few dos and don'ts to keep in mind

Do you have trouble sleeping? Are you nervous and irritable all the time? Or are you struggling with unexpected weight gain?

If you've answered ‘yes’ to these questions, then maybe you should get yourself checked for a thyroid condition.

It is crucial to take prompt measures once the symptoms of a problem are identified. However, before you get to that, you need to overcome the tendency to ignore your health issues. We — especially women — tend to take our health for granted.

 You got tested for a thyroid condition: Now here are a few dos and donts to keep in mind

Keep these dos and don'ts in mind if you suffer from a thyroid condition. News 18 image

According to a research study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, women are more prone to thyroid problems than men. Given this finding, women are well-advised to observe extra caution and seek appropriate help to manage this condition.

Thyroid patients require more help than just monitoring their diet. And knowledge about a few dos and don'ts is important:

1. Go for regular tests: Closely monitoring your thyroid problem can help avert any health issues in the future.
2. Ensure proper intake of water: Make sure you drink at least 2 litres of water a day. No matter how busy you are, filling up a water bottle (and chugging it) does not take much time.
3. Eat antioxidant-rich food: Eating fresh fruits and vegetables can be a remedy to almost any problem. Include foods rich in iron like seafood and beans in your diet.

Also read — Myths about thyroid disorders, debunked: Seek proper treatment for your condition

1. Keep secrets from your doctor: This can be the biggest blunder. A doctor should be the first person to know about your problem, after all, he or she is the one prescribing medication! Talk to your doctor.
2. Smoke cigarettes: Smoking — as that warning on the pack prominently proclaims — is injurious to health. But who listens? Smoking can make you prone to several health problems.
3. Indulge in sugar and caffeine: Sugar and caffeine can stress out your system — especially if you are suffering from a thyroid problem. Avoid as much as possible.
4. Self-medicate: This is one thing you should be wary of. The internet is loaded with information but not every bit is useful. Different things work for different patients.

The problem with most of us is that we tend to ignore our health issues. If you observe any symptoms of a thyroid condition, fix an appointment with your doctor. The doctor is your confidante and only right advice will help you sail through such perilous health issues.

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Updated Date: Mar 09, 2017 18:04:51 IST