7 Reasons Why Your Thyroid Hormone Levels Are Fluctuating
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When you suffer from a long-term thyroid disorder, your thyroid hormone levels are bound to fluctuate from time to time. But if you’re taking medicines on time, then why are your hormone levels wavering? Let’s have a look at some of the factors that may cause such changes.
Taking the wrong dosage
Taking less or more pills can definitely alter your thyroid hormone levels. Your body can react to a lower or higher dosage. Also with time, dosages have to be changed since your TSH levels might be too high or too low, accordingly need to change. For the treatment to be effective, it is important to take your thyroid medication as prescribed by your doctor.
You cannot take the pill on an empty stomach one day and with your meals in the next. Doctors generally advise taking the thyroid medication in the morning, on an empty stomach. Food can affect the way your hormone is absorbed therefore it is important to take the pill at the same time every day.
Taking other medicines
Some medicines can interfere with your body’s ability to absorb thyroid hormone. The following medications can cause your thyroid hormone levels to fluctuate:
- Oral contraceptives
- Iron, calcium or biotin supplements
- Cholesterol-lowering drugs
Doctors usually recommend brands that they know will work for you so as to avoid fluctuations in TSH levels. Many pharmaceutical brands manufacture thyroid hormone pills and their products are different from each other. Therefore, your body can react differently to different brands and thus have an effect on your thyroid levels.
Eating certain foods
Cruciferous veggies like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower may interfere with thyroid hormone production if you have an iodine deficiency (goitre or hypothyroidism). Even high fibre foods, soy and walnuts can interfere with the absorption of thyroid medications. If you want a diet plan for your thyroid treatment, it is best that you consult a nutritionist.
TSH or thyroid-stimulating hormone can change along with the weather. TSH drops during the warm months and naturally rises in the coldest months. Doctors normally adjust the medication by reducing the dosage during warmer days and increasing it during the colder periods.
- Hypothyroidism before pregnancy: During foetus development, the demand for thyroid hormones increases. The doctor will have to adjust your dose accordingly.
- Hyperthyroidism before pregnancy: HCG hormone levels rise when you’re pregnant. High levels of HCG can increase your T3 and T4 hormone levels and decrease your TSH during pregnancy.
- No thyroid disorder before pregnancy: T3 and T4 increases and TSH decrease due to HCG as mentioned before.
Lifestyle tips to manage thyroid disorder
- Take medications on time
- Sleep at least for 8-9 hours
- Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake
- Exercise at least 30 minutes every day
- Opt for a sugar-free diet
- Lower your stress as much as you can
- Spend at least 15-20 minutes in the sun every day
Making healthy lifestyle choices is imperative for managing thyroid problems. It is also important that you consult your doctor regularly and go for a thyroid test once every 3 months. You can now book thyroid test at home on the MFine app at affordable prices.
Booking lab tests on MFine is now an easy and seamless experience. No need to do intense research or wait for your turn or travel to the lab for diagnostic tests. All you have to do is log in to the MFine website or app, search and select the test you’re looking for, add your address, make payment and proceed to book your appointment. Easy-peasy! Your road to healthy living is just one tap away.
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