How Low Iodine Can Lead to Severe Health Complications in Patients

Low Iodine in Women - Sri Ramakrishna Hospital

A lack of iodine can increase the size of the thyroid gland, a condition known as goiter, among other thyroid issues. Children may develop mental disabilities as a result of it. Since iodine is not produced naturally in the body, one must eat a nutritional diet to get a sufficient intake. Typically, adults require 150 micrograms (mcg) of iodine per day. Lactating women and pregnant women need 200 mcg of iodine a day.

Identifying a Patient that is Deficient in Iodine

Symptoms of the thyroid gland include swelling in the neck. A visible lump, called a goiter, can form on the neck as a result.
Other symptoms:
  • Tiredness
  • Heightened sensitivity to cold
  • Intestinal Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Deficiency of thyroid hormones
  • An increase in weight

Nutrition is one of the Most Effective Ways to Correct Iodine Deficiency

Here are foods rich in Iodine that diabetologist doctors  recommend to a patient:

  • Iodized Table Salt
  • Nuts
  • Meats
  • Bread
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Dairy Products
  • Seaweed

The consumption of iodized fish, sea vegetables, and sea salt are good sources of iodine. If a patient is not getting enough iodine from their diet solely, they might need to add an iodine supplement to ensure the proper functioning of the thyroid gland.

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