According to the The British Thyroid Foundation, thyroid problems or, disorders are very common and tend mainly to occur in women, although anybody – men, teenagers, children and babies, too – can be affected. About one in 20 people has some kind of thyroid disorder, which may be temporary or permanent.
ERV Medi-Care was created to be able to give those with existing medical conditions the ability to get travel insurance that allows you to continue travelling. We want to help you ‘Get Out There’ and we don’t believe that your medical conditions should be a barrier to that!
ERV offer a thorough medical screening process that you can complete either online or over the phone (so you can complete the questionnaire in your own time or with someone who can guide you through) because we know how important it is that your travel insurer understands your medical condition properly.
Everyone will have different requirements based on their own condition, but we use a thorough screening system to ensure that your travel insurance is tailored to your condition.
The chances are, you have enough knowledge of your condition to know the best way to manage it, but on occasion we come across some great tips from other travellers with a thyroid problem, so we’d like to share them with you because you can never be too prepared!
Below are some further tips that might help you prepare for your trip and avoid any unwanted last minute complications.
Depending on the type of Thyroid problems you have, you’ll find there are different issues that you could face when trying to plan your trip.
An Overactive Thyroid can cause hyperactivity or nervousness and anxiety. You’ll probably want to find the most relaxing holiday and plan well in advance so you don’t have those last minute panics!
An Underactive Thyroid can cause tiredness and muscle aches, but it can also cause sensitivity to cold and so you might want to think about heading to the sun for a week (or two) of sunshine and relaxation.
For Hyperthyroidism – Broccoli is a member of the goitrogen family of foods, and these can decrease the amount of thyroid hormone that your thyroid gland produces. Foods in this group are known as “cruciferous” and other cruciferous vegetables include cauliflower, kale and cabbage.
Berries are a good source of antioxidants, vitamin D from eggs or mushrooms and omega-3s from walnuts, olive oil and flaxseed oil can be helpful and you’ll find both of these in fish too. Hyperthyroidism which goes untreated can weaken your bones and lead to osteoporosis. To prevent this, get 3 daily servings of calcium from yogurt or other dairy foods like milk or cheese.
For Hypothyroidism – Fish, nuts and wholegrains should form a part of your diet. Foods like blueberries, cherries, sweet potatoes and green peppers are rich in antioxidants, nutrients that are known to lower risk for heart disease but if you have hypothyroidism you may want to limit the amount of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cabbage, that you eat.
Like any medical condition, you may have been prescribed medication for your thyroid problem and so you should speak with your GP about any recommendations they might have for changing your dose and/or schedule while you are away.
Always make sure you pack some additional medication and, if possible, find out where the nearest pharmacy is to your accommodation and if the medication you take is available in your destination country – it may be known as something different.
This information could also be of use to you if you suffer from the following pre-existing medical conditions:
Thyroiditis, Overactive Thyroid, Underactive Thyroid, Thyroidectomy, Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Autoimmune Thyroid Disease
Thyroid UK – thyroiduk.org.uk
The British Thyroid Foundation (BTF) – btf-thyroid.org
NHS – NHS Choices Thyroid problem page
You can find some additional information on special considerations when travelling with a pre-existing medical condition on our blog.
This content provides general information for travellers who may have a pre-existing medical condition. All pre-existing medical conditions will need to be declared when applying for travel insurance and are taken into account on an individual basis when quoting for your policy. You can find more information on our pre-existing medical travel insurance pages or by calling our team on 01403 788510.
Pre-Existing Medical Condition: Any past, current or reoccurring medical condition which has been diagnosed, investigated or treated at any time prior to travel, even if this condition is considered to be stable and under control.
Very helpful, good communication kept me up to date on progress. Really good customer service which is just what you need when under pressure of illness. "
ERV Customer - April 2018