Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Is Iodine Good for My Thyroid?

Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 10:06 AM

Question: Will taking iodine supplements help with hypothyroidism?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Iodine supplements are not treatments for hypothyroidism for the vast majority of patients. While there is a very small percentage of hypothyroid patients who are iodine deficient, iodine deficiency as a cause of hypothyroidism in North America is not very common.
 
It is more common in third world countries and in areas where iodized salt is not used. Since such trace amounts of iodine are required for normal thyroid function, sufficient iodine is provided to us by the use of iodized salt alone.
 
This is a very good question, as deficiencies in iodine do sometimes occur, and should serve as an alert for those who use sea salt instead of iodized salt. Without iodine, the thyroid will enlarge and deficiencies can induce hypothyroidism.
 
But using iodine supplements with typical hypothyroidism not related to deficiency, is not recommended and does not improve thyroid function. Trace amounts of iodine are more than enough for normal hormone production.

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