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Monday, December 9, 2013
Iodine Defficiency and Hypothyroidism
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?
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.
Thomas A Murphy, MD, FACP, FACE
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University