An underactive thyroid can cause various problems. According to the USZ, fatigue and constipation can be the result. Medication can help to alleviate the symptoms, but it must also be taken correctly.
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Water instead of coffee
24 Vita reports that people with thyroid disease who are on medication should be careful not to take their medication with coffee or to drink it immediately after taking it.
Dr. Wolfgang Wesiack, President of the Professional Association of German Internists, explains this with the interaction that coffee brings with it. He tells Internisten im Netz:
Coffee delays the absorption of the hormone and reduces its bioavailability. As a result, women who take T4 every morning with coffee instead of water, for example, have lower T4 levels in their blood. For this reason, patients should strictly adhere to the recommendation to use water - and not coffee - as the intake liquid.
Patients should wait at least half an hour before consuming the popular hot drink.
Soy can have the same effect
According to the ÄrzteZeitung, soy-containing foods should also be consumed with caution by those affected, as should foods or preparations that contain a lot of iron, magnesium or calcium. Those who consume the latter, for example, should 'wait at least four hours before taking T4'.
If you still have questions or are unsure, it is always best to talk to your GP or endocrinology specialist.
This article has been translated from Gentside DE.
Internisten im Netz: Do not take thyroid hormones with coffee
ÄrzteZeitung:No coffee with thyroid hormone!