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Role Of Nutrition In Thyroid Cancer

Role Of Nutrition In Thyroid Cancer

  • by Sajjan Rajpurohit
  • 05 Feb, 2021

Thyroid Cancer: Cancer In The Thyroid Gland

Thyroid Gland: hormone-producing endocrine to control the speed of metabolism.

Is it that diet plays an important role in thyroid cancer?

Yes, adequate Diet with apt, nutritional intake allows thyroid cancer treatment to
be followed by a good prognostic response.

So following food intake is recommended in thyroid cancer:

(thyroid friendly food in thyroid cancer)

1. Whole grains rich in fiber: Gluten-free grains such as brown rice, wild rice,
oats, popcorn, whole wheat grain bread, pasta, and cereal
2. Vegetables rich in fiber and antioxidants: broccoli, cauliflower, onions,
garlic, carrots, sea vegetables, seaweed, tomatoes, squash, bell peppers
3. Fruits rich in vitamin C, beta carotene and fiber: berries, kiwi, cherries,
citrus fruits, papaya, mango, plums, and red grapes
4. Seafood:
• fish containing omega 3 fatty acids: salmon, tuna, herring, lake trout,
flounder, halibut and sardines
5. Meat: beef, lamb, pork, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, legumes, and tofu

What is the iodine amount to be taken in thyroid cancer?

• Low iodine in the diet is a risk factor for thyroid cancer
• low iodine diet during radioiodine therapy is a necessity during treatment

The foods rich in iodine are to be avoided in such cases.

What is different low iodine food?

(food as an enemy of thyroid in thyroid cancer)

a) Iodized salt
b) Cheese
c) Milk
d) Yogurt
e) ice cream
f) butter
g) other dairy products
h) Packaged bread
i) baked goods
j) Chocolate
k) skins of potatoes
l) Seafood
m) Soy products (soybeans, lima beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, and other
types of beans)
n) Eggs

What food source is a risk factor for thyroid cancer? (food inviting thyroid cancer)

a) pork
b) poultry
c) Red meat
d) Tobacco and alcohol use

Well, Thyroid cancer like much other cancer is influenced by diet and lifestyle. So adding nutritional changes and healthy workout reduces the risk of thyroid cancer.

As many nutritional factors play a role in optimizing thyroid function. Working in collaboration with a dietician under the guidance of a medical oncologist is ideal to determine nutritional status for optimal thyroid health in case of thyroid cancer.

As the consumption of fruits and vegetables having active micronutrients like vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals with antioxidant activity help to fight against cancers by increasing immunity.

While avoiding cruciferous plants like brussels sprouts and cabbage is important talking about vegetable consumption in thyroid cancer; as they contain a degraded form of thioglucosides such as thiocyanates e.g goitrogen.

These thioglucosides increase inhibiting iodine transport to the thyroid gland at low concentrations.
Therefore, expert advice at an optimum time will evaluate your risk of thyroid cancer in case of altered thyroid function or already suffering from any thyroid disorder.

Its well-known fact that low iodine intake has been considered as a risk factor for thyroid disease and thyroid cancer.

The changes in thyroid hormone level caused by dietary factors affect thyroid function which is a key to achieve a good prognosis and predictive outcome in the treatment of thyroid cancer.

I Dr. Sajjan Rajpurohit suggest emphasizing the nutritional role if you are suffering from thyroid cancer as its always better to adjust and add certain changes in lifestyle that guarantee the improvement of your/ patient’s ability to get through treatment with better prognosis and fast recovery.