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Depressed? Check Your Thyroid!

Hi everyone, Ann here. Today’s message is for both men and women, but women especially.

Many people are depressed these days – but women seem to suffer from depression more than men. One of the reasons for it is thyroid health.

I’m going through some thyroid issues of my own lately, so I’ve looked into this a little.

In my digging I discovered a recent study that noted something particularly interesting. It said:

“Patients with thyroid disorders are more prone to develop depressive symptoms and conversely depression may be accompanied by various subtle thyroid abnormalities.”

In fact, some experts believe that up to 50% of depression symptoms are due to a malfunctioning thyroid.

Ladies, this fact should be of specific interest to you, as another study points out:

Thyroid disorders were associated with 22% higher odds of depression in women … but no association was found in men.”

So what do you do?

First, find a health professional who is willing to check your thyroid levels (specifically for free T3 as low T3 is a contributing factor to depression). Be open to the fact that supplementing your diet (even The Hallelujah Diet) may be necessary.

Second, have your adrenals checked. I’m finding that my adrenals have a lot to do with what’s going on in my thyroid.

If you’re suffering from depression, definitely have your thyroid checked — and keep your chin up. Depression is beatable!

[quote]Have you had your thyroid levels checked? Tell us about it – comment below![/quote]

Comments

  1. Chelle Fazal September 3, 2012

    I have been researching this as well. I was labeled with panic disorder several years ago and recently found out when I went in with symptoms that my thyroid is slightly high, slightly overactive. In the process I’ve changed my diet. I think that glycemic levels have a huge effect on this imbalance…how we eat, when we eat, what foods we eat together. And yes, there definitely seems to be a link between people I know who’ve had thyroid issues and anxiety/depression. The more I read the less confident I am in doctor’s responses. I know several people who continue to go through meds, trying to find the right “cocktail” for them, and have been unsuccessful going that route. I’m in the process of having further testing done but definitely believe food changes will help more than anything.

    • I also have had panic attacks and Depression. I had my thyroid checked and it was low. Hopefully with the diet and medication, I wont have to be medicated long.

  2. Lady Awen April 9, 2013

    I had thyroid issues all my life. For me it is genetic. My mother told me and showed me pictures of her when she was a tiny thin person, until the birth of her first child, me. Until then she could not gain weight if her life depended on it. Then after I was born, it turned the other way. No matter what she did she could not lose it, or very slowly. No that has happened to me. I was 123 lbs – PREGNANT ! I had been starving myself to stay thin after my first child, who is now 37. So I was finally diagnosed with an underactive thyroid. Something that worries me about the Hallelujah diet is this. You want us to eat all of those brassica vegetables and fruits, who should not be eaten RAW, but practically all the recipes have some component of this. Any Help would be appreciated

  3. I am treating Graves Disease (a hyperthyroid condition) with a mix of Hallelujah Diet and natural meds. Some positive changes but still a way to go yet.

  4. Kristin Jacobsen-Zippilli September 11, 2013

    As a chiropractor who specializes in fitness and nutrition, I applaud you for bringing attention to the diet and making the connection between the thyroid and depression. One huge factor that wasn’t mentioned is the danger of grains. Grains are broken down in the body as…SUGAR! Also, grains from the US lack any nutritional value and are quite different than those in other countries. With the big push to get an increase of whole grains, there has been the consequential results an increase in Type II diabetes, depression and gut-disorders like reflux, IBS, Crohn’s,. etc. Meds aren’t the answer. Removing the irritants is!

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