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Do iodine supplements really help with hypothyroidism?

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Dr. Pejman Katiraei
Holistic Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

As many people have started using sea salt, we have created a relative deficiency in iodine in many people.
Random urinary iodine levels can be checked to determine levels, and I have found several patients to be deficient. Without enough iodine, your thyroid (and many other organs) cannot work effectively. Get checked. If you are low, start supplementing. Selenium is another important mineral.

In brief: Yes

As many people have started using sea salt, we have created a relative deficiency in iodine in many people.
Random urinary iodine levels can be checked to determine levels, and I have found several patients to be deficient. Without enough iodine, your thyroid (and many other organs) cannot work effectively. Get checked. If you are low, start supplementing. Selenium is another important mineral.
Dr. Pejman Katiraei
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
An easy way to increase iodine intake is to eat sea vegetables like seaweed or take kelp tablets everyday
Dr. Su Fairchild
Selenium deficicency is a worldwide problem, however, the United States is not one of the selenium deficient areas. I have stopped routinely checking selenium levels as no one was deficient.
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

I usually start by testing random (not 24 hr) urine iodine.
If less than 100, then i advise iodine supplementation.

In brief: Depends

I usually start by testing random (not 24 hr) urine iodine.
If less than 100, then i advise iodine supplementation.
Dr. Su Fairchild
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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatrics - Endocrinology

In brief: No

Not really, here in the US, our food chain is adequately enriched with iodine.
There is a potential risk if over exposure to iodine as epidemiological studies link high iodine intake to papillary thyroid cancer, the commonest type of thyroid cancer.

In brief: No

Not really, here in the US, our food chain is adequately enriched with iodine.
There is a potential risk if over exposure to iodine as epidemiological studies link high iodine intake to papillary thyroid cancer, the commonest type of thyroid cancer.
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
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