Children with hypothyroidism may be able to improve the condition with a thyroid-stimulating diet
A new study reveals that a thyroid-stimulating diet rich in iron, vitamin A and iodine has been found to prevent children with subclinical hypothyroidism from advancing in their condition.
At the 14th International Thyroid Congress, researchers from the Department of Pediatrics at Ziekenhuis Groep Twente in the Netherlands conducted a case control study with children aged 2 to 15 years with low thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels and normal FT4 - thyroid hormone - values, Reuters reports.
Children were divided into a diet group and a control group. The diet consisted of foods rich in iron, vitamin A and iodine, including butter, whole milk, green vegetables and beef for at least 3 months.
When the diet was followed for 50 to 75 percent of the time, children were able to normalise their TSH levels more, compared with the control group. Those who followed the diet strictly, had an eight-times higher chance to normalise TSH levels.
The kids' parents also observed that their children were significantly less fatigued and less constipated after changing their dietary habits.
According to the American Medical Women’s Association, one in every 4,000 babies born in the US has congenital hypothyroidism.