Cmp31690 2009-03-27 06:59:12
For years I drank about 4 or 5 Pepsi’s per day. I tried to stop but always
suffered from withdrawl symptoms. During this time I also suffered from
excessive sweating and did not know why. I figured it might be due to the
large consumption of caffeine, but wasn’t sure. Last year I was diagnosed with
hypothyroidism and have been wondering if years of excess caffeine and sugar
might have caused it. I finally cut sodas and caffeine out of my diet about a
month ago and feel a whole lot better. Plus, my sweating has stopped. Have
you guys seen anything indicating that caffeine or soda causes hypothyrodism
and if so, is it possible that my thyroid was just out of whack for awhile
after years of compensate for the caffeine and sugar and might now bring itself
into balance? Just wondering. Thanks, Mike
Grant 2009-03-27 06:59:22
I can’t give you a definitive answer to your question. But, I can tell you
that constantly putting toxins into your body will cause illness. Take a
look at the rest of your diet as well. By completely changing your diet you
may experience a lessening of symptoms and a reduction in medication. There
are quite a few people that I know of who say that changing their diet did
“cure” their thyroid disease. My personal experience has been that most of
the thyroid people I know who eat the way I do have had their meds reduced.
By the way, I eat primarily raw fruit and salads and avoid processed foods.
James leigh 2009-03-27 13:02:33
Unnfortunately I can’t provide a definitive answer to your qustion
either. That’s out of my league. I do have a similar eperience to yours
and thought I ought to let you know about a few things.
1. Do/did you feel bloated after consuming sugar or after eating
something with enriched flour like white bread? If so (and if you’re like
me), you probably have a candida overgrowth in your intestines. You should
definitely something like acidophilous that helps restore beneficial flora.
Getting off the sugar is a definite help but that alone may not be
sufficient, particularly if you consume things like milk that provides a
good medium for the bad flora.
2. Caffeine is a diuretic, and it possibly exacerbaed your sweating.
However, taking thyroid meds is likely helping equalize your blood pressure,
3. Having a tendency to be hypo isn’t bad as long as you get the proper
Good luck. Jim
Hobie 2009-03-27 13:02:45
Hi there! Was it DIET Pepsi? I just read some really bad things about
aspartame and quit using it. I feel like a new person.
Silvvers 2009-03-27 13:02:49
Just a thought–I used to drink Diet Coke or Diet Dr. Pepper by the gallons,
but looking back, I think it was because I needed the little “pep” it would
allow me for a few minutes. Then I found that I was severerly hypo. I
believe that the lack of energy caused me to seek a pick-me-up. Now that
I am taking Armour and my energy levels are better, I have totally gotten
myself off the pop.
Herman family 2009-03-27 19:13:26
I would venture to guess that the Pepsi (diet or otherwise) had nothing to
do with you going hypo.
The symptoms you describe when you stopped are true withdrawal symptoms.
You were physically addicted to caffeine. Caffeine helps you metabolize
sugars better, resulting in you feeling more alert, but also depleting brain
sugars. These take a while to be replaced. If you have another shot of
caffeine it again perks you up, but further depletes them. Once you stop,
your brain sugar level is quite low, and it takes a while to get it up to
normal again. During that time, you will experience some withdrawal
symptoms, and generally feel “out of it”.
Driver_writer 2009-03-28 01:02:17
Just speculating on the thyroid link– soda has fluoride and fluoride
can easily replace iodide since they are in the same group chemically.
Here is a link:
Then there is:
THE ROLE OF FLUORIDE IN ZINC DEFICIENCY
Fluorides cause “zinc deficiency”. Both organic and inorganic fluoride
compounds have shown to inhibit zinc containing enzymes, such as
carbonic anhydrase (Dugad et al 1988,1989; Gelb et al, 1985) which is
also now used as a marker for thyroid dysfunction (Hori et al, 1998).
[Note: Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors reduce cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)
And then there is the sugar in soda or even worse, the aspartame
Sugar suppresses the adrenals and the adrenal hormones support the
thyroid, T4/T3 conversion etc…
My guess though is that you would have to severely abuse soda for it
to directly cause hypo. Soda is just bad for health. I haven’t had any
for years (but I have other bad habits).
Herman family 2009-03-28 01:03:05
You would have to have a lot more fluoride than that to bother the thryoid.
The aspartame link has been pretty well discounted at this point in the
Skipperbeers 2009-03-28 01:03:18
Discounted by who?
I had plantar fascitis that went away on Armour Thyroid. Obviously it really
wasn’t plantar fascitis but thyroid neuropathy in the foot, unless all plantar
fascitis is thyroid neuropathy but the podiatrist mentioned that many plantar
cases had something structurally wrong. But then, if he was capable of
differentiating between structural plantar fascitis and neuropathy, why didn’t
he determine I had neuropathy? I don’t know. Anyway, I talked to a woman who
said her plantar fascitis went away when she stopped drinking nutrasweet. If
nutrasweet doesn’t cause hypothyroidism, then it must have another mechanism
for causing neuropathy problems, and many people have reported on the ill
health effects of it.
Bl1204 2009-03-28 12:21:35
Yeah, I get flashes in front of my eyes when I ingest aspartame–nothing
scientific, but definitely anecdotal to me.
Re: the Pepsi addict. I feel it was probably a way of self medicating with
caffeine, due to being somewhat hypo. Just guessing of course. Best to be
off the stuff.
Everything affects people differently. My daughter quitting drinking two cups
of coffee a day made a huge difference in how she felt (positive). Most
people probably aren’t that affected.
Five Pepsis per day is a lot by ANY standards, though.
“As the waves pass the rock, their shape is changed. There is a hologram of
the rock within the wave that comes forward and crashes on the beach, then
there’s a reflected wave back.” Ralph Abraham
“I’d like to learn to windsurf.” BL
Herman family 2009-03-28 12:21:39
I would agree that Pepsi may have been holding off effects of
hypothyroidism. I think I was using sugar to hold myself up for a few
Dechiera 2009-03-28 18:08:21
My husband can beat that at least a six pack by 6pm . They once told him, he
had to cut down because they were causing him to record irregular heart
beats. Now keep in mind, he runs at least eight miles a day. wierd,
wierder & wierdest
Mark burlingam 2009-03-29 11:19:54
I had a similar experience with very excessive sweating in the morning only.
After I would shower, it seemed like the least exertion for about the
half-hour following would result in very excessive sweating. I also, in
addition to the hypothyroidsim, drank a lot of coffee and diet coke. I cut
out the coffee (of which I would consume about 3 cups with sugar and cream),
now drink 2 diet cokes, and do notice a dramatic improvement. I still have
some sweating, but nowehere near what I had previously.
Am interested in hearing how your experiences parallel with mine.