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Hypothyroidism And Heart Health: 7 Healthy Tips!

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

The thyroid gland works on a delicate balance in the body. Many factors could threaten and cause imbalance. When the thyroid gland produces fewer quantities of thyroid hormones, it is known as hypothyroidism. Having low thyroid hormones leads to the person feeling sluggish, putting on weight, having a reduced body temperature and dry skin and hair apart from other symptoms. Hypothyroidism and heart health have a very close link.The thyroid gland is intricately involved in the metabolic processes of the body. Low levels of thyroid hormones can hamper the proper functioning of many other organs. Research points out to more debilitating effects of hypothyroidism on the body, specifically the heart.Hypothyroidism leads to an increase in LDL or bad cholesterol. This could lead to high blood pressure and eventually a heart attack or a stroke. Wait, there is more. Hypothyroidism can also cause the heart to enlarge and even reduce the heart rate. There is a lot you can do to safeguard your heart. Take a look at seven heart-healthy tips for hypothyroidism.

  1. Get Your Hypothyroidism Under Control
It’s logical – be regular with your health checkups and your medications. Watch out for hypothyroidism symptoms. If undiagnosed or ignored, it is an invitation to heart trouble.
  1. Regular Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Checkups
Monitoring the blood pressure and the blood cholesterol closely ensures that the moment anything is amiss, it will be caught. Since higher readings of both these parameters are related to increased risks of cardiac arrests and strokes, keeping a tab nips the problem in the bud.Read More: Normal and Recommended Cholesterol Levels
  1. Healthy Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight ensures that the bad cholesterol is kept in check. There is a comfortable range of weight that most age groups have. Those who suffer from hypothyroidism must take care to maintain their weight within this range. They can follow a special hypothyroidism diet after consulting a dietician.Also Read: Wheat Berries: Research-Based Guide to Health Benefits and Recipes
  1. Quit Smoking
Smoking causes constriction of blood vessels throughout the body, even the heart. This too can cause severe damage to the heart’s health as it reduces the amount of oxygen being provided to the heart. Smoking is terrible for all organs and quitting is the only way to ensure better health.Read More: 7 Health Effects of Smoking  
  1. Stay Active
Regular exercising for a minimum of 30 minutes five days a week, will keep the heart active and pump out blood efficiently. Pick any activity that pikes up the interest, be it dancing, aerobics, walking, swimming- they are all good for the heart. If one is on the move, the choice of activity is immaterial.
  1. Healthy Diet
Eating healthy is one of the biggest favours you can do for yourself. A diet that encompasses whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish, and nuts goes a long way in adding to the well-being of the heart. A proper hypothyroidism diet curbs half the health problems.Also Read: 8 Best Foods for Thyroid Patients
  1. Keep a Tab on the Spirits
Consumption of too much alcohol can lead to serious heart trouble. If one suffers from hypothyroidism, clamping down on the alcohol should lead to reduced risks of cardiac problems. Men must not have more than two drinks a day and women should not have more than one.Read More: 20 Essential Healthy heart Tips
Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational/awareness purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional and should not be relied upon to diagnose or treat any medical condition. The reader should consult a registered medical practitioner to determine the appropriateness of the information and before consuming any medication. PharmEasy does not provide any guarantee or warranty (express or implied) regarding the accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of the information; and disclaims any liability arising thereof.Links and product recommendations in the information provided here are advertisements of third-party products available on the website. PharmEasy does not make any representation on the accuracy or suitability of such products/services. Advertisements do not influence the editorial decisions or content. The information in this blog is subject to change without notice. The authors and administrators reserve the right to modify, add, or remove content without notification. It is your responsibility to review this disclaimer regularly for any changes.

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