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5 Tips to Help With Graves' Disease

Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 12:38 AM

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune condition characterized by an overactive thyroid gland. The thyroid gland produces thyroid hormone that influences almost every part of the human body. As a result, overproduction of the thyroid hormone results in a range of unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects on the human body. Graves’ disease is rarely life threatening but it is necessary to control the flaring thyroid hormone levels and the subsequent side effects with lifestyle changes, medication, and preventive remedies. Get help for Graves’ disease.
 
Tip 1: Choose the right doctor.

Graves’ disease requires long-term care and this is possible only with a doctor who understands your condition. Consider the services of an endocrinologist along with your personal physician to control Graves’ disease and its side effects. A specialist is also the best person to recommend surgery, medication, or RAI therapy for Graves’ disease and its side effects. Some patients may require surgery and thyroid hormone replacement therapy after surgery. For all these conditions and their related side effects, it is necessary to consult an endocrinologist along with a personal physician.

Tip 2: Destress.

Stress aggravates thyroid hormone release and Graves’ disease. It is recommended that you incorporate lifestyle changes to control stress. Try meditation, yoga, or exercise to help unwind and relax.

Tip 3: Control your diet.

In Graves’ disease, food with high iodine content should be avoided. Cut down on iodized salt, kelp, seafood, multivitamins, and a few dairy products. You should also consult a dietician to get expert advice on other food items to cut out of your diet.

Tip 4: Increase exercise.

The thyroid hormone is responsible for controlling metabolism, and eventually, your weight. You may have a tendency to put on weight as a side effect of Graves’ disease, which exercise will help you prevent.

Tip 5: Treat side effects symptomatically.

Try to avoid overtreating side effects of Graves’ disease. For example, Graves’ opthalmopathy is a common side effect of Graves’ disease, but help is available if you control it through cool eye compresses, sunglasses, lubricating eye drops, and elevated bed rests. For Graves’ dermopathy, you can use over-the-counter creams that contain hydrocortisone and compresses to reduce side effects such as swelling, reddening, and itching.
 
Finally, participating in a support group is the best way to help yourself if you have Graves’ disease. Helpful fellow patients will understand your condition and they definitely help you with tips, friendship, and understanding.
 

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