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Thyroid Diseases

Iodine Defficiency and Hypothyroidism

01/17/2007

Question:

I don`t put salt on my food or use it when I am cooking. My doctor is now checking my thryoid. Could that cause a lack of iodine in my sytem and the thyroid proples? How else would I get iodine?

Answer:

If you have a low thyroid level I don't think it will be from not using salt. There are plenty of other sources of iodine in the American diet - sea fish, shellfish, and to a lesser extent milk, eggs, and meat (depending on the diet of the livestock). Iodine deficiency is extremely rare in the United States, even among people who do not use salt.

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Response by:

Thomas A Murphy, MD, FACP, FACE Thomas A Murphy, MD, FACP, FACE
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University