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Should I Take Iodine for My Thyroid?

By    |   Monday, 10 February 2014 09:36 AM

Question: I have hypothyroidism that is under control, and am interested in supplementing my diet with iodine and chromium and B-12. At 67 I do not have the same zest that I once had and I believe the iodine and chromium might help. What are your thoughts?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
You have a hormone deficiency, and should not be taking iodine randomly without consulting your doctor. Iodine deficiency is often associated with an enlarged thyroid (a goiter). So you should ask your doctor to have your iodine checked before you start supplements.
Chromium replacement is not generally necessary, if you do not have a documented deficiency. Vitamin B12 is also easily measured.
You should avoid taking vitamins unless you are deficient, because they can  upset the balance of vitamins needed for normal metabolism and can be detrimental to your health and longevity.
Leave your drug and vitamin management to medical experts, and avoid self-treatment. Ask your doctor to help you or consider a referral visit to your endocrinologist. Perhaps a consultation with a dietician may help you understand if your diet needs further evaluation and management.

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People who have a hormone deficiency and should not be taking iodine randomly without consulting a doctor.
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