Should you exercise on Hyperthyroidism?

Updated: Jan 24

The answer depends on whether your hyperthyroidism is under control or not.

Hyperthyroidism has a greater impact on heart than Hypothyroidism. For this reason, doctors rather have you and up with an under active thyroid than the opposite.

Highly probable, if you are taking hyperthyroidism medication, you are already experiencing hypothyroidism symptoms, like: tiredness, weight gain, constipation, fatigue, etc.

In fact, many patients being treated for hyper frequently ask me why are they gaining weight if they are hyper. The problem is not hyper, but rather the treatment decreasing the activity of your thyroid.

But let's go back to the question of this article. Should you exercise if hyper?

  • If you are being treated, and your TSH 'normalise' yes, you can.

  • On the contrary, if you are not treated, or if you are at the beginning of the treatment I would rather avoid extreme physical activity.

The best options for hyperthyroidism in fact would be: low intensity activity, comprehending yoga and stretching.

You should avoid very hot environment like pools or sauna. Hyperthyroidism patients tend to be sensitive to heat, and can have overheating events.

Overall, if you suffer from hyperthyroidism we strongly advise you to see an endocrinologist + cardiologist.

DO NOT go crazy with sport, especially if you do not have your symptoms under control yet.

Lastly, we want to emphasise the role of diet. It can really make drastic improvements not only for your thyroid but to your overall health.

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