Uncontrolled Thyroid: Exercise, Diet Risks
If you have a thyroid condition, it’s no secret that exercise and a healthy diet can help manage your symptoms and improve your overall health. But if you have an undiagnosed thyroid condition that is not being properly controlled, there are risks — even to “natural” supplements and exercise.
That’s why it’s so important to talk to your doctor about symptoms like fatigue, weight gain or loss, and trouble sleeping. These common symptoms can have many causes, including a thyroid disorder.
Thyroid: Is Your Body Tricking You?
Exercising with either uncontrolled hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) or hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) can be dangerous to your health as these conditions increase or depress people’s metabolism, respectively — speeding up or slowing down their heart rate.
Hyperthyroidism: revved up metabolism
For people with significant hyperthyroidism (commonly caused by the autoimmune disorder Graves’ disease), exercise can “overheat” the body in a dangerous way.
“For someone who has significant clinical hyperthyroidism, it’s as if they are already running a treadmill every day, even in their sleep,” says endocrinologist Christian Nasr, MD. “Excessive exercise can cause a patient to go into heart failure if their thyroid hormones are not under control.”
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