Iodine deficiency automatically means hypothyroid?
Topic: Iodine deficiency automatically means hypothyroid?
March 26, 2019 / By Val Question:
Last week I took an iodine deficiency test. The result is that I'm in extreme iodine deficiency. So I've been taking an iodine supplement and since then my stomach has been feeling better (I've had stomach problems since July 2006). Just because I have an iodine deficiency, does it automatically mean I have hypothyroidism? I have symptoms of hypothyroidism--sluggish, insomnia, difficulty losing weight, hair loss, depression, mood swings, hands and feet are always cold, headaches, decreased libido, etc. But will taking the iodine supplement be enough and if not, when should I see a doctor about it? I'm nervous about bringing it up to my doctor, I've given him all of my symptoms and he just says its depression and gives me more anti-depressants.
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Scholastica | 6 days ago
thyroid gland fails to produce adequate levels of thyroid hormone. Symptoms include the following:
Sensitivity to cold
Loss of hair
Goiter (a visible enlargement of the neck caused by a swollen thyroid gland)
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common natural cause of low thyroid hormone levels. In this autoimmune condition, the body develops antibodies that attack and gradually destroy the thyroid. A viral infection of the thyroid can also decrease thyroid hormone production, but the effect is generally mild and temporary. Finally, iodine deficiency can cause hypothyroidism, but this seldom occurs in the developed world where iodine is routinely added to salt.
Besides these natural causes, there is a still more common cause of hypothyroidism—medical treatment for hyperthyroidism (excessive production of thyroid hormone production). People with certain forms of hyperthyroidism receive treatment with radioactive iodine to inactivate the thyroid gland. This treatment causes hypothyroidism, which requires lifelong treatment with thyroid replacement therapy.
Until the 1990s, doctors commonly diagnosed hypothyroidism by conducting lab tests to measure thyroid hormone levels in the blood (the T4 level). Unfortunately, normal thyroid levels vary widely between people, so this method couldn’t always correctly identify the disease. A much better lab test, which became available in the 1990s, involves measurement of a hormone called TSH, or thyroid stimulating hormone.
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Originally Answered: how can you know if hypothyroidism is caused by iodine deficiency?
I doubt it. Actually, according to your information, it sounds like you have subclinical hypothyroidism, due to the fact that your T4 is normal. You have to understand what the numbers mean -- TSH is thyroid stimulating hormone. With a high TSH, your body has to produce a lot more hormone to keep your thyroid normal than it used to. Well, it is doing the trick -- with normal T4 (and presumably T3 and free T levels), the amount of TSH your body is kicking out is keeping your thyroid acting normally. Therefore, it leads me to suspect you have very early Hashimoto's Disease, which is an autoimmune disease in which antibodies attack the thyroid and kill it. (They don't know where these antibodies come from and are looking for the source.) So, that said, you will have a future of raising your supplemental thyroid hormone as the antibodies continue to attack the thyroid.
Indicentally, with hypothyroidism, if your thyroid level is too low, your cholesterol level jumps. For your cholesterol level to be so low, you don't have a bad case of hypothyroidism ...
Don't look for the cause to be iodine deficiency ... it very likely is not and more likely is autoimmune.
It's not as bad as it may seem -- I have it and have had it for over 10 years. My levels will change and I just adjust my dosage of levothyroxine (the replacement thyroid hormone) -- no issues and the hormone itself is very cheap. Take care of yourself!
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Iodine deficiency automatically means hypothyroid?
Last week I took an iodine deficiency test. The result is that I'm in extreme iodine deficiency. So I've been taking an iodine supplement and since then my stomach has been feeling better (I've had stomach problems since July 2006). Just because I have an iodine deficiency, does it...
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I knew someone who was hyperthyroid and his doctor put him on steroids to gain weight. I personally was hyperthyroid and had radioactive iodine treatment and I started to feel better about 2 or 3 months after. I noticed I started gaining weight about 5 lbs every year. Now I am about 10 lbs over my recommended weight for my age and height but find it almost impossible to lose any weight.
Just make sure you get proper treatment as a thyroid problem is more delicate than what people think. Also a good doctor who listens to you really helps. Good luck.
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If you are hyperthyroid then you need treatment. They can give you radioactive iodine treatment, surgery or thyroid supplements. If you get the radioactive iodine treatment the common side effect is hypothyroid. You will gain weight and will be more on the heavier side for the rest of your life. In time, you will just slowly gain more weight and find it hard to lose the extra weight.
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Im not a doctor, but I play one on television. Is your doctor a psychiatrist? Maybe older, and not up on new things? Maybe you should get a second opinion and look up the side effects of your meds? Iodine is found in salt (when its added); also seaweeds. Why be afraid to see someone about it? Probably your hands and feet are cold because you have poor circulation; which may be caused by onset of diabetes; which can be helped by losing weight. I suggest forcing yourself to walk at the park. Doing so will increase your circulation, improve depression symptoms, improve sleep as well as being sluggish, probably decrease headaches ( watch out for too much vitamin C ; it causes headaches; as well as caffiene rebound headaches which occur when caffiene withdrawl causes capilaries to close.) I love Excedrin Migrain headache medicine for that. Tums Smoothies are great for keeping calcium levels up; which can lower hunger. If your calcium falls below a certain level you die; which is why I think so many people are overeating. Improving your physical health by forcing yourself to walk often will definitely help all of your symptoms; I know from experience. It will also help blood pressure. Best wishes.
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