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Can you fix a lazy thyroid with iodine supplements? i have had a problem since puberty. im overweight, tired all the time, irregular period, slow metabolism, and stunted growth from it affecting my pituitary gland.

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Iodine : Iodine supplements are not typically necessary in the United States do to the fact that the salt provided in the us is 'iodized.' unless you are experiencing hypothyroidism as a result or an iodine deficiency, the additional supplement won't help. There are medications that can be prescribed by your doctor to help with hypothyroidism. See your doctor as he/she can have your blood tested to see if you have hypothyroidism and treat you accordingly.
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Dr. Samuel Freedman
Pediatrics 11 years experience
Hypothyroid: One must distinguish between primary and secondary hypothyroidism. Primary means the thyroid itself is not functioning correctly. Secondary means the pituitary is not sending enough signal ie TSH to stimulate the gland adequately.
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Last updated Apr 9, 2019

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