Is the Ketogenic Diet Safe if you have Thyroid Problems?

If you have thyroid problems and you are considering the ketogenic diet then this it the article for you. 

In it, we are going to explore why the ketogenic diet may potentially be harmful to your thyroid, how it may potentially help your overall situation, and how to determine if it's right for you. 

Highlights from the article:

  • The ketogenic diet may help with weight loss but it may not be safe for your thyroid. 
  • Whether or not the ketogenic diet will negatively impact your thyroid depends on a number of factors. 
  • Weight loss may help improve your thyroid through weight loss and improving leptin sensitivity. 
  • It may damage your thyroid through suppressing your free thyroid hormone levels and increasing your TSH. 
  • Be cautious if you decide to use this diet and check your thyroid lab tests regularly or about every 6 weeks.

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The Ketogenic Diet and your Thyroid

I'm not going to spend time explaining exactly how the keto diet works (there are plenty of places where you can read about that right now), instead I want to focus on its impact on thyroid function and whether or not it is safe for thyroid patients. 

As many of you probably know, I'm not a huge fan of the ketogenic diet. 

And this is coming from someone who has done keto himself and has put a great many patients on this diet early on in my career. 

But it became apparent to me (back in 2013-2014) that this diet is certainly NOT for everyone. 

While it potentially can be used as a great tool for certain people, I don't think it should be universally recommended, especially for thyroid patients. 

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Because this diet has hit the mainstream, it's now common for all kinds of people to jump into this diet head first. 

This is both good and bad. 

Good in the sense that many people are losing weight, and bad in the sense that there will be a large number of people with newly diagnosed thyroid issues for the foreseeable future

When I talk about the keto diet and its impact on thyroid function, I want to talk about 2 separate groups of people. 

The first group are those who do NOT have any thyroid issues but who develop thyroid problems or thyroid lab abnormalities as a result of going on the diet. 

The second are those people who have existing thyroid disease (Hashimoto's, those without a thyroid, those taking thyroid medication, etc.) who are considering going on the diet to see if it will help with their weight loss. 

I am primarily going to focus on this group. 

And my recommendation to these people is to proceed with caution

Let's talk about why.

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My Experience with the Ketogenic Diet

I attribute much of my own personal healing to changing up my diet which included being in ketosis for several months back in 2012ish. 

While changing my diet certainly helped improve many aspects of my health, it was certainly not perfect and I ultimately had to alter the type of diet that I was using several times in order to feel completely better. 

But because I noticed that it was so effective, I began to recommend it to certain patients. 

Because most of my patients had thyroid disease, I was able to see how they responded or reacted to this diet. 

What I found was a mixed bag. 

Some people responded very well, lost weight, had increased energy, and experienced the type of outcome that most of you are looking for. 

But even more people had either no reaction or a negative reaction. 

My weight loss therapies would be considered somewhat aggressive, so when a patients weight is staying the same it's never a good sign. 

I even tested the diet on my wife (I test most therapies on my family members) and she ultimately gained around 13 pounds (she wasn't happy about this). 

Relevant to this discussion is that she suffered from high reverse T3 and thyroid resistance at the time. 

From these experiences, I adopted a better approach which is to individualize each person's dietary needs and align them with various other factors that they may be dealing with. 

But, since most of you don't have a doctor willing to do that for you, it's worth exploring the potential benefits and risks that this diet affords. 

The Potential Benefits for your Thyroid

Is the ketogenic diet all bad?

The answer is no. 

In fact, it can be a great asset and tool for many people (including some with thyroid disease). 

My goal here is not to scare you away from this diet altogether, but it is to teach you to have a healthy respect for therapies and how they may potentially impact your thyroid in a negative way. 

We'll talk more about the negatives below, but for now, let's focus on the positives and how these may positively impact your thyroid. 

#1. Weight Loss

Yes, losing weight (if done correctly) can have a positive impact on your thyroid. 

Several studies have shown that weight loss is usually associated with a decline in free T3, total T3, and an increase in reverse T3 (1), but this doesn't explain the whole picture. 

What is the "standard" way to lose weight?

It's calorie restriction.

So, all of the studies that we have which show this trend occur as a result of calorie-restricted diets. 

If you want to lose weight long-term, then this is absolutely NOT the way to do it because these types of diets WILL damage your metabolism and your thyroid. 

But what about the ketogenic diet? 

If done correctly, and if it is not associated with calorie restriction, then the ketogenic diet can help with weight loss which may positively impact your thyroid. 

In this setting, it doesn't necessarily have to be associated with a decline in free T3, total T3, or an increase in reverse T3. 

In fact, weight loss can actually promote normal thyroid function (2) as hormones such as leptin and insulin decrease. 

But, this is true only if your weight loss is not dramatic, associated with a decline in calories, and if done over a reasonable period of time. 

Dramatic drops in your weight may trigger these negative changes (discussed more below). 

#2. Leptin Sensitivity

The second way that the ketogenic diet may positively impact your thyroid is through its influence on leptin sensitivity. 

Weight gain itself is a potential cause of leptin resistance. 

The more weight that you have on your body the more likely you are to be leptin resistant. 

And leptin resistance negatively impacts thyroid function through the hypothalamus by reducing your metabolism and by reducing free T3/free T4 levels (3). 

If you can do anything in your body to sensitize your brain to leptin (assuming you have leptin resistance) then you will necessarily improve thyroid function indirectly. 

And because the ketogenic diet can help with weight loss it may also help sensitize your brain to leptin. 

This may be complicated by the fact that some studies show that the ketogenic diet may actually increase leptin levels (4). 

This may sound ideal, and it should be, but only if you are a 5-10 pounds overweight. 

Increasing leptin levels is the last thing you want to happen if you are suffering from moderate to severe leptin resistance because high leptin levels are what caused the resistance in the first place. 

Your underlying leptin status may be part of the reason why some people respond well to the ketogenic diet and why others do not. 

The Potential Harm for your Thyroid

The ketogenic diet isn't all benefits, however, and I tend to think of this diet as potentially causing more harm than good for most thyroid patients. 

The reason I feel this way is that managing and balancing your thyroid is already so tenuous, to begin with. 

Those people with hypothyroidism know how difficult it can be to get their doctors on board with newer treatments which include medications that contain T3. 

So why would you want to risk further damaging your thyroid with a diet when the consequence may be very difficult to deal with?

I'm not saying that it's impossible to repair your thyroid after you damage it, but it certainly takes a long time and you better be sure that whatever therapy you are doing is worth this potential risk. 

For what it's worth, I find that most of the time damage done to the thyroid from diets or therapies can be fixed with the right treatments or right thyroid medication. 

And most people can simply stop the offending therapy (in this case diet), to normalize their thyroid function again. 

#1. Suppressed Thyroid Hormones

The first reason you want to be careful with the ketogenic diet is that it has been shown to suppress free thyroid hormone levels in some studies (5). 

There simply aren't many studies which show the connection between thyroid function and the ketogenic diet, but what few studies we have, do show a potential negative outcome. 

This research, while done in children, mimics what I've seen in my own personal practice. 

Even in some people who 'feel well' their thyroid function seems to decline as evidenced by a drop in free t3/total T3 and a rise in their TSH

This is a classic presentation for hypothyroidism and probably represents early damage to the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis. 

If you start to see this sort of change in your thyroid lab tests while you are using the ketogenic diet then it is probably a good idea to stop as soon as possible. 

But, as I said previously, just because it happens to some people doesn't mean it will happen to everyone. 

It appears that there are some people who are at increased risk of thyroid damage when doing the ketogenic diet. 

Whether or not your thyroid lab tests will be suppressed likely depends on a number of factors including:

  • Are you eating 'healthy' fats?
  • Are you restricting your daily caloric needs?
  • How long have you been in ketosis?
  • Were you adequately treated with thyroid hormone before you started?
  • Are you also over-exercising, over-stressed or over-worked?
  • Do you have a strong family history of thyroid disease?

If you are eating unhealthy fats, if you are restricting your calories, if you've been in ketosis for a long time (6+ months), if you weren't adequately treated with thyroid medication before you started, if you are also over-stressed/over-worked, and if you have a strong family history of thyroid disease, then you are probably more likely to experience a decline in thyroid function with the ketogenic diet. 

This isn't perfect, but it is a good way to assess whether or not you should even consider the diet in the first place. 

#2. Inability for your thyroid to respond if you are on thyroid medications

Another potential issue for thyroid patients is the fact that they are taking thyroid medications

Thyroid medications help to supplement thyroid hormone in their body to replace whatever their own body can't produce naturally. 

The only problem with this is that the more medication you take the more you suppress your own native thyroid hormone production from your thyroid gland. 

This becomes an issue when you undergo things like the ketogenic diet which may influence how much thyroid hormone your body needs (or the demand on your thyroid gland). 

Because your gland is being suppressed by the medication you are taking, you aren't able to fully respond to these new demands. 

This means you MUST address your thyroid medication (either up or down) based on these new demands. 

This is only really a problem for people who have doctors who aren't willing to work with them as they undergo weight loss, new therapies, or new diets because this problem doesn't necessarily have to prohibit you from these therapies. 

So, if you find that the ketogenic diet puts an increased demand on your thyroid gland, you may need to either increase the dose that you are taking. 

On the other hand, it's also possible that the ketogenic diet may improve your thyroid function which may necessitate a reduction in your thyroid dose. 

#3. Further Hormone Imbalances

Lastly, it's also possible that using the ketogenic diet may negatively impact other hormones in your body which may have an impact on your thyroid. 

The hormones that I am referencing here include progesterone, cortisol, and estrogen. 

All three of these hormones can be positively (or negatively) impacted by the ketogenic diet. 

What you really want to avoid is further stress on your body which may cause cortisol-related issues. 

Changing your diet, even if it's causing positive changes, is still considered to be a stressor on the body. 

And if this stressor tips the balance of positive and negative stress towards the negative side of the spectrum, then it may cause further issues for your thyroid. 

It is well known that there is a connection between cortisol levels and your TSH (6) such that problems in one will drag down the other. 

Again, this isn't going to necessarily be a problem for everyone who tries the ketogenic diet, but it's something worth considering. 

Like your thyroid, you can easily test for these hormones as you undergo the diet. 

Should you Use it? 

Your decision to use the ketogenic diet should be between you and your doctor (if you have one willing to work with you) and it should not be dependent upon the results that you see other people are getting. 

Remember:

Each person is genetically unique which means that how you respond to any given therapy is different from the next person. 

My own personal experience suggests that the ketogenic diet is probably not ideal for the majority of thyroid patients, but somewhere between 20-25% may experience some benefit while using it. 

Determining if you fit into that 25% can be done through careful testing and monitoring of your symptoms. 

If you decide to use the ketogenic diet then you should be very cautious and closely monitor your thyroid lab tests on a regular schedule. 

Checking your TSH, free T3, free T4, reverse T3, and total T3 can and should be done every 6 weeks or so. 

If you find that your TSH rises, your free T3/free T4/total T3 lower, or your reverse T3 rises, then these may be early signs that your body is NOT tolerating the diet. 

You can get your thyroid lab tests at baseline BEFORE you start the diet to compare your new results to. 

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Beware, though, if you make changes to your thyroid medication during this time period then this may invalidate the effectiveness of testing your thyroid lab tests. 

If you decide to use it you should very closely monitor both how you are feeling and how

It's probably also not a good idea to stay on the keto diet long-term, even if it is working for you. 

It's important to understand that there are no long-term studies which prove that this diet is safe or effective (7) for your overall health if done for years in a row. 

In fact, many of the proponents of the ketogenic diet (those who taught me about this diet) only use it temporarily on themselves!

Going in and out of ketosis may be superior rather than staying in ketosis without any breaks. 

My personal recommendation would be to use this diet temporarily and then transition to other diets which are considered safer for your thyroid. 

This can actually be done safely because the entire goal of using the ketogenic diet is to reset insulin/leptin levels. 

Once you have done this you should be able to transition to a regular diet without any issue. 

You just better hope you don't damage your thyroid along the way, otherwise, you may gain that weight back due to metabolic damage! 

Ketogenic Diet After Thyroidectomy

Does this information apply to you if you don't have a thyroid or if your thyroid has been destroyed with radioactive iodine?

The short answer is yes. 

All of this information is still relevant to you but you should also proceed with slightly more caution than those with a functioning thyroid. 

Why?

Because, unlike them, you are 100% reliant upon thyroid medication to support the needs of thyroid function in your body. 

And people without a thyroid are generally undertreated as evidenced by the fact that most people gain weight after their thyroidectomy and suffer from the symptoms of hypothyroidism

I say proceed with caution because if you elect to use the keto diet then you must be prepared to make changes to your thyroid medication. 

Again, it's not really a reason to avoid it 100%, but you will probably need to have your doctor on board with you to help regularly check and adjust your thyroid medication as needed. 

The Low T3 Longevity Argument

Lastly, I want to spend some time on the low t3 longevity argument. 

It's been suggested that the ketogenic diet is safe to use even if it does lower your T3 levels (or thyroid function) because some studies have shown that people who have lower thyroid function tend to live longer (8). 

While it may be true that a few studies have shown this, it doesn't in any way prove that low thyroid function leads to a long life. 

In fact, even if it did lead to a long life, we have a number of studies which show that low thyroid function (especially low T3) is also associated with weight gain, fatigue, depression, and many other negative symptoms. 

So even if having low T3 did lead to a longer lifespan, the life that you would be living would not necessarily be a quality one. 

In addition, it's also just as likely that these people who have low thyroid function have other genes which improve thyroid sensitivity at the cellular level which means that they simply need less thyroid hormone than other people. 

That or any number of other explanations could potentially explain why we see that low thyroid hormone in the serum may be associated with increased longevity. 

If you are a thyroid patient already, then you can always reduce your dose of thyroid hormone temporarily to experience how you might feel with low thyroid hormone. 

If you've ever done that before please reply back here with your experience! I'm sure it wasn't a positive one. 

The bottom line?

Don't necessarily jump in on the ketogenic diet just because you feel that it will improve your lifespan. 

Conclusion

The ketogenic diet isn't all benefits without any consequences. 

If you are thinking about using this diet AND you have thyroid disease then please be cautious. 

It's possible, and probable, that undergoing this diet may negatively impact your thyroid in a number of ways. 

If, however, you've tried every other therapy and no matter what you do you can't seem to find any relief, then a trial of this diet may be in order. 

If you elect to go down this path then make sure that your doctor is on board and willing to test your thyroid lab tests regularly and adjust your medication as necessary. 

Don't just jump into the hype of the ketogenic diet, however, because you don't want to put yourself in a situation that ultimately makes your thyroid function worse. 

Now I want to hear from you:

Have you tried the ketogenic diet?

Did it work for you? 

Did it help with weight loss?

Did you notice any damage or changes to your thyroid?

Why or why not?

Leave your questions or comments below! 

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Dr. Westin Childs

Dr. Westin Childs is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. He provides well-researched actionable information about hormone-related disorders and formulates supplements to treat these disorders.He is trained in Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine, and Integrative Medicine. His focus is on managing thyroid disorders, weight loss resistance, and other sex hormone imbalances.You can read more about his own personal journey here.

25 thoughts on “Is the Ketogenic Diet Safe if you have Thyroid Problems?”

  1. Thank you Dr Childs for this great article bringing awareness. The keto diet, while it has its merit isn’t for everyone. I am a 37 year old female, generally healthy, in good shape, no known thyroid issues (TSH 0.987) who went on the keto diet for about 2 months in Jul 2018 to drop the “last 5 pounds from summer vacation”. I was in deep ketosis, taking in maybe 5-10 net carbs per day. Fast forward to October, lost the weight and then some, but my hair started falling out by the handfuls, extreme fatigue and body pain set in. There were days I would lay in bed and cry because of the debilitating fatigue. Finally did a thyroid & hormone panel and found TSH at 4.4, and very high TPO antibodies. Progesterone and Estrogen also completely out of whack – both too low. Was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s (no family history of it) Thyroiditis and put on Armour Thyroid and finally feel like myself again after 6 months of living hell. I am now back to a normal, balanced diet and have maintained my weight just fine. I am not saying this will happen to everyone, but it happened to me and the ONLY change in my life was going on Keto before my thyroid gave up. If you are reading this, please be measured in your approach to Keto as with any other diet…sometimes the last 5 lbs just isn’t worth losing 6 months or more of your life. I was lucky in that I found a great functional doctor who diagnosed and treated me quickly.

    • You’re welcome and thanks for sharing your story!

      I do agree that there are plenty of people who can do just fine on the diet, but there is a small subset of people who will be worse off for even attempting the diet. Figuring out which group you fall into can be tough which is why I will usually only recommend the diet as third-line therapy.

  2. Great article, we need more awareness. I too developed hypothyroidism because of low carbing. I was following Atkins diet and was in Ketosis for almost 2 years. In the end I was diagnosed with General (not autoimmune) Hypothyrodism. I also was stamped as pre-diabetic, which is still total mystery to me. As far as I know ketogenic diet is the first way to go to lower your blood sugar. My sugar went down after I reintroduced carbs back to my diet. I read and study a lot, experiment with thyroid medication as you advise in your articles. Study my lab results in greatest details and use your optimum ranges as guidance. I’m a big fan of your work Dr. Childs, really apréciate all work you do to educate people and spread awareness.

    • Hi Tatiana,

      While carbs certainly play a role in treating and causing insulin resistance, there must be other factors at play as well. I frequently prescribe high healthy carb diets to patients who end up losing weight and improving their insulin/blood sugar in the process. I’ll have to write a post on that topic in the future at some point.

  3. I have subclinical hypothyroidism. Have insulin and leptin resistance weight gain around stomach. Each doctor has different ideas I’m struggling to find correct treatment for me. After being on too high a dose of dessicated thyroid extract which brought down TSH I developed tinnitus full time. Another Dr prescribed T3 only then TSH went up. I went off T3 for seven weeks TSH went down to 4 but reverse T3 is up to 480 (we have different lab results in Australia) still just in range but getting to upper level I know that’s not right but new GP said that’s in the range. Feel they don’t know how to read results properly. Do I need an endocrinologist or integrative medical doctor who recommended T3 only? I also have MTHFR gene C677T. ENT specialist said tinnitus is related to thyroid any suggestions?
    I am interested in your information my saliva cortisol was low in 2015 but no one has tested it since. You say there is a connection there. I have taken numerous supplements with no weight loss only weight gain! I am in Australia and at a loss of what to do next. No doctor seems to put it all together to give me a good result. I did have phone consultation with naturopathic doctor in USA who gave me Biothyroid then integrative Dr here said I only need T3 Liothyrione? I feel I am sensitive to medication
    You recommend your supplements I’m guessing. Thanks for your help? Do you consult personally by email?

    • Hi Susan,

      You listed several conditions that you are suffering from and not all of them are treated the same way. So some supplements can potentially help you, but you will most definitely require optimizing your thyroid medication, changing your diet, and several other therapies as well.

  4. Unfortunately, I ended my experience like your wife. I’m now trying to get off the 15 lbs I gained in a year. Fortunately, my doctor has taken me off of T4/T3 and put me on T3 only. Seems like a long road back.
    I have recently enrolled in your program.

    • Hi TM,

      Yeah! She wasn’t too happy either and I still get a little bit of flak from it to this day. Unfortunately, I tend to learn the most treating the people who are closest to me.

  5. Thank you for this article. I wish I would have read this BEFORE I tired the Keto diet. I have Hashimotos and within 2 months of trying this diet, I was in the ER with terrible stomach pains. I was diagnosed with diverticulitis. My Dr. believes it was the radical diet change that brought this on. Now, my whole life is about managing this new diagnosis as well as Hashimotos. I am so afraid to try new things or add in foods for fear of having another flare up. I would give anything to go back to just managing my thyroid.

    • Hi Lori,

      I don’t know if you can say for sure that keto caused the diverticulitis, but if you are feeling better off keto then it’s probably best to avoid it given the uncertainty.

  6. I don’t feel good on a ketogenic diet, and it does NOT help me lose weight. I was doing it last spring, and I felt worse than I had in years. Fatigue, depression, brain fog, etc. I only really needed to lose 5-10 pounds to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, and I wasn’t planning to stay on it long term. My thyroid labs were done at the end of the time I was on it, not the beginning. They looked ok, for the most part… low normal.

    Also- I’m one of the silly heads who once asked my doctor if I could wean off my Armour thyroid and he said- sure, try it. I was trying to do other things to support my thyroid. If I could have stomached the transition, I maybe could have weaned off it successfully. However, it was so unpleasant that after 3 weeks, I started the Armour again. NOT pleasant!!!

  7. I have been on keto for a little over a month. I have been dx with insulin resistance and I have about 40 lbs to lose. I was hoping that keto would be successful when all other diets have failed. I have lost about 7lbs so far and I feel great. I am confident that this will help me. Based on your advice here, I plan on going back to Paleo once I get all of my issues resolved.

  8. I have hypothyroidism that was diagnosed about a year and a half ago, though my ND feels that it’s been lifelong. I have carried a lot of extra weight/fat my entire life and have also been battling hormone imbalance, terrible periods (though that’s been helped immensely with addressing thyroid) and iron-deficient anaemia forever, too. I take a mix of NDT and T3 – we lowered the NDT and increased the T3 and I definitely feel better that way. Anyway, I have been doing a keto diet for quite some time and definitely feel better on it, but the version of keto I do is a whole foods one, with good fats, plenty of organic veggies. I am vegetarian, so my protein sources are a bit trickier, but I’ve been advised that have my non-gmo, organic soy away from my thyroid meds. I think the key difference to traditional keto for me in my approach: it is cyclic. Twice a week I have forms of “carb ups” – mid week dinners and one day on the weekend of no restrictions. Doing things this way, along with meds has kept my thyroid numbers stable. Weight is extraordinarily stubborn, though, but I’m hopeful that will come with hormone healing and eventual reduction in inflammation (oh hi there, elevated sed rate, hs-crp, wbc and platelets, my constant “friends”!).

  9. Hi Dr. Childs.Thank you so much for this article. My first try of keto was less than 30 days back in 2 years ago. my 2nd try was last Autumn for 60 days including intermittent fasting and very little exercise. I lost weight from 63/5kg to 59kg. my aim was fat loss from belly & waistline which was very good. I was diagnosed with a large thyroid gland when I was 10. My Mum has a history of thyroid. I remember I was taking Levothyroxine pill between age 18-34. I also had partial removal of my gland at age 32. All the different GP doctors in the UK haven’t prescribed any medication since 2001.i have been given the simple blood tests to do all these years, except the last two years after I did lots of reading so now I have TPO ab, TG ab,…to get tested too. last year all factors were ok except TPO ab was 20.07 This year after 60 days keto I did the lab test after 2 months, my TSH 1.9, T4 6.8, T3 0.6, TG ab 25.69 and TPO ab 23.48. I just did another test last week which the result hasn’t arrived yet. Another experience with keto was my left eye was larger than before. I did a CT scan, nothing was wrong and it went back to normal size gradually. Now I am on low carb lifestyle most of the time and if I fall off the wagon, eating unhealthy occasionally with friends, I do fasting and carry on with healthy cyclical low carb diet, similar to the Mediterranean diet. I noticed that I had better sleep and more energy on keto and now if I do low carb correctly, also my skin eczema get much less on these diets. I must mention that I am 52. My pre menopause symptoms are much less with a low carb diet. Also I started 5:2 fasting in 2015 for six months but I believe calorie counting is not my cup of tea 😉 After all these years trying different diets to get rid of extra few pounds around my belly, I realized my body will be at peace if I cut sugar, restrict gluten and stay on low carb lifestyle. I would be more than happy if you could give me more guidance to stay healthy regarding Thyroid issue. Many thanks.

  10. I have recognizable increased stress levels recently due to losing my father. With that, I had a follow up with my endocrinologist and she noticed a slight increased with my glucose but all other labs were within normal range. ( A year ago- she remarked I had such great labs and they were the pinnacle each doctor aims for !) Now, I can’t seem to budge! Can you recommend a vitamin? Btw, I recommend your blog to others that also have thyroid issues. Thank you!

  11. I won’t dare try Keto. First 2X I tried low carbing I did not feel well at all but didn’t know why so I instinctively stopped. I decided to try again when I was around 3 months postpartum. BIG MISTAKE. When ketosis kicked in I started to feel horrible fatigue, brain fog and some strange sensory symptoms. I would wake up middle of the night gasping for air. Then I noticed my neck felt lumpy. I showed my doc and she diagnosed Hashimoto’s. My TSH was 67+, my FT4 very low and antibodies way off the charts. I’ll never forget she called me to tell me about my labs – I was laying down trying to nap middle of the day. She said, “How are you even functioning? In my 20 years treating patients I’ve never seen numbers like this…” She ran the tests again just to verify.

  12. Dr. Child’s,
    Thank you so much for bringing this diet under examination! I have Hashimotos and my Functional Med doctor is a firm believer in Keto. But when I tried it, I landed in the ER after about 6 weeks with what I thought was a heart attack but was actually a gal bladder attack. No one warns about all that fat going through the gall bladder, which can already be sluggish for people with thyroid issues. Keto diet’s recommendation of 70% of calories from fat is too much for me! Low carb with no gluten has been working for me — lots of veggies now, less protein, and only small amounts of healthy, non-dairy fats keeps my gall bladder happy. Now if only I could lose some weight!

  13. I gained 10/15 lbs from a 90 day keto experiment and have experienced struggle losing it ever since. What is your best suggestion behind this? How did your wife lose the weight?
    Thank you.

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