Doctor says too many nuts worsen thyroid disease

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 11, 2019
By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

People often snack on nuts during the Lunar New Year holiday, but a physician at Taipei City Hospital says that people with thyroid disease should avoid eating them in large amounts.

A 42-year-old woman had been controlling hyperthyroidism — excessive thyroid hormone production — with medication and believed nuts to be a healthy food, full of vitamins and minerals, so she snacked on nuts every day, and often made an “energy soup” of vegetables, fruit juices and nuts for breakfast.

After noticing a lump in her neck and having frequent heart palpitations, difficulty swallowing and sporadic difficulty breathing, she sought medical help.

A doctor advised her to have her thyroid gland removed — known as a thyroidectomy.

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