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Tips for Management of Thyroid Diseases

  1. If you have symptoms of thyroid disease, get tested.
  2. If you are over age 60, get tested for hypothyroidism.
  3. If you have a thyroid condition, see your physician regularly.  Work together to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.  Follow it!
  4. If you smoke, stop!
  5. If you are put on thyroid medication, take it religiously, exactly as your physician recommended. 
  6. Communicate with your physician:  inform your doctor promptly about new symptoms or any medication side effects.
  7. Practice stress management:  many of the symptoms of thyroid disease are unpredictable and emotionally draining.  This can be very stressful.
  8. If you have hyperthyroidism or if you take thyroid medication:  minimize your caffeine intake.

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Created: 10/17/2000  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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