Thyroid condition

Discussion in 'Triathlon' started by A, Apr 3, 2005.

  1. A

    A Guest

    Wondering if anyone else is competing with a thyroid condition. I've
    recently been diagnosed and have just been getting advice obviously
    geared toward only non- or recreational-athletes (like, drop carbs to
    5-10% of your diet, etc), and am looking to talk to other high level
    triathletes to for some advice. Feel free to email me off-list as well.

    Thanks,
    Amie
     
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  2. superfly69

    superfly69 Guest

    Amie,
    my condition is probably different from yours, but I'll just throw it
    out there and home you can take somthing from it:
    I am a 42 yo male with hypothyroidism (failing thyroid), for which I
    have to take sytroid daily (little white pill, no big deal) for the
    rest of my life. WHen it "gfails completely" the Dr. will just triple
    my dose. Anyway, I have noticed just a slight energy boost from this
    medication (I guess putting me at "normal" levels) and my diet has
    changed not one bit, nor am I told I have to change anything.
    >From what I read about thyroid disorders and athletes is diferent for

    everybody.

    d
     
  3. superfly69

    superfly69 Guest

    Amie,
    my condition is probably different from yours, but I'll just throw it
    out there and hope you can take somthing from it:
    I am a 42 yo male with hypothyroidism (failing thyroid), for which I
    have to take synthroid daily (little white pill, no big deal) for the
    rest of my life. When it "fails completely", which can only be detected
    via a semi-annual blood test, the Dr. will just triple my dose. Anyway,
    I have noticed just a slight energy boost from this medication (I guess
    putting me at "normal" levels) and my diet has changed not one bit, nor
    am I told I have to change anything.
    >From what I read about thyroid disorders and athletes it is more unique

    with men than women.

    d
     
  4. A

    A Guest

    Thanks so much for your response. I spoke with another woman, a
    distance runner, who said the same about diet and energy levels. She
    has hashimoto's, perhaps similar to what you have. For me, they don't
    know the reason why things aren't working so well; but it's taking a
    long time to get things stabilized (am now on a medication called
    Armour) and i've had to put training on hold as a result.

    It's good to hear your diet hasn't changed. If I had to do one of these
    low-carb diets like people are so quick to suggest, that would end my
    sports career pretty much completely!! Finding information, or more
    like, sorting through what is valid for athletic people, is very
    difficult.

    Thanks,
    Amie
     
  5. Greetings fellow thyroid slackers,

    I have had a bum thyroid since 1992. Since then I have taken Synthroid
    (generic now available). My dosage changed for about 3 years until it
    plateaued. Within a year after diagnosis I had lost the 15 pounds I had
    gained. Since then I have my yearly check ups and have trained off and on
    since then in rowing and now triathlon. This includes 4 half marathons and
    a full marathon.

    I have always felt normal (except when I forget for 2-4 days in a row :)
    and have never felt weak or lacking, except when I don't train :)

    I can't speak for highly trained athletes but it is mostly a nuisance to me.

    Good luck!

    Charles

    p.s. One doc said it was Hashimoto's but others have differed. Ironically I
    have had symptoms of an autoimmune disorder since I was 13 but no doc ever
    caught it (now 35).

    p.p.s Definitely do the update checkups, a couple years ago my doc found me
    overdosed due to some slightly high blood pressure. Since then I have been
    great 115/70, 54 hr.
     
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