Iodine deficiency thyroid; will taking iodine correct it?

Yes. Iodine deficiency will cause hypothyroidism and enlargement (goiter) of the thyroid. Do not take more than about 1000 mcg of iodine because high doses can cause problems if you have hashimoto's thyroiditis. Also, 2 recents reports from china and japan have suggested that high doses of iodine may increase the risk of thyroid cancer. Too much of a good thing is then not good.

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My friend has underactive thyroid medically due to iodine deficiency, she moved from Africa to the uk, would a diet high in iodine cure the illness?

Possibly . There are no tests to confirm iodine insufficiency. When iodine deficiency is seen in an entire population, it is best managed by ensuring that common foods that people eat contain sufficient levels of iodine.The primary complication of iodine therapy for iodine deficiency is development of hyperthyroidism. This may occur, especially in patients older than 45 years, because of autonomous nodules. Read more...
Perhaps. If the hypothyroidism is actually due to iodine deficiency, then supplementing iodine may cure it. At any rate, i recommend a work up on the uk. The condition must be monitored and may need to be treated with the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine. As with all endocrine problems, this situation needs to be evaluated and followed by an appropriate md. Read more...