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What is your opinion on iodine testing/supplementation?
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: Not taking anything, have been given a book that sounds a little too all encompassing to be true, but the references and science sound reasonable.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: Taking antidepressants, family hx of breast cancer, thyroid issues with surgeries, arthritis, ADD, and arthritis
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Endocrinology
Expert:  drphophalia replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  drphophalia replied 10 months ago.

Do you want to take iodine for any specific reason?

Do you mean blood test to estimate iodine?

Expert:  drphophalia replied 10 months ago.

It seems that you are offline, so I am writing you an initial answer. Once you are online, you may ask follow up questions, if any.

Iodine supplementation programs is good and necessary and need to be continued, but iodine should be used “with a grain of salt,” because a growing number of susceptible individuals will be exposed to the risk of developing iodine-induced thyroid disorders. Exposure to high amounts of iodine is well tolerated in most cases.

Nevertheless, at-risk individuals may develop;

1) thyroid dysfunction even when they are exposed to increases in iodine intake universally considered as safe.

2) Iodine-induced thyroid disorders include

a) thyroid autoimmunity,

b) thyrotoxicosis (high thyroid),

c) iodine-induced goiter, and

d) hypothyroidism (low thyroid).

Assessment of actual risk for each individual can be challenging, since it is influenced by personal history, genetics, and environmental factors.

Please see the reference resource:

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Expert:  drphophalia replied 9 months ago.

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