With a new study finding that pregnant women with thyroid disorders are at greater risk for pregnancy complications, Yourwellness Magazine explored ways to promote thyroid health.
On 29th May a new study Thyroid Conditions Raise Risk of Pregnancy Complication appearing in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, pregnant women with thyroid disorders are at greater risk for premature delivery and other pregnancy complications. The researchers examined medical records from more than 223,000 pregnancies, and found that women with thyroid conditions were more likely to develop preeclampsia, be admitted to the intensive care unit more often, develop gestational diabetes and deliver via caesarean section. (http://gestational.org/uWihu)
In a news release from the Endocrine Society, lead author, Dr. Tuija Mannisto, of the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), commented, “In the United States, at least 80,000 pregnant women each year have thyroid diseases. These women are at increased risk of having serious adverse pregnancy outcomes, including hypertension and preterm birth. They also have a higher rate of labour inductions and other birth interventions.” (http://www.healthfinder.gov/News/Article/676819/thyroid-disorders-tied-to-complications-in-pregnancy)
With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine explored ways to avoid thyroid problems. According to Yourwellness Magazine, “A fully functional thyroid gland is essential for the body, as without it, effective metabolism would be compromised. An unbalanced metabolism could lead to a variety of health disorders which could ultimately lead to the onset of a range of chronic illnesses, so observing the health of your thyroid is essential.”
Yourwellness Magazine outlined three main ways to promote thyroid health:
1. Eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible. Spinach, broccoli and cabbage are particularly beneficial, as they have rich quantities of vitamin A, B and C that can help assist the body’s metabolic processes. Fruits and vegetables rich in iodine are also important for optimum thyroid-function.
2. Get plenty of vitamin D. This is best absorbed by the body through direct exposure to natural sun-light, but it may be worthwhile to invest in some Vitamin D supplements.
3. Avoid harming the body with unnatural toxins, such as alcohol. This can lead to thyroid deficiency.
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