Iodine Intake

Iodine is a non-metallic mineral found abundant in saltwater and plant-based foods. Iodine intake is essential for the production of thyroid hormones. It reduces the risk of goiter caused by iodine deficiency. Radioactive iodine intake destroys additional unwanted thyroid cells, thus managing overactive thyroid. In pregnancy, iodine intake helps in the brain development and healthy functioning of the brain in the child.

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Is my daughter's high TSH level linked to our vegan diet?

Query: Hello doctor,My family and I went vegan three months ago. We did blood tests this week to check if we are healthy, and my three children show a low level of hematocrit count, although their RBC is within limits. My youngest (two and a half years) has also a high TSH level (5.2 mIU/L). They are sugge...  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through their reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Her hematocrit value is borderline low. Her Hb (hemoglobin) and RBC (red blood cells) values are within the limit. So, just now, no active treatment is needed as it is not a clear-cut...  Read Full »

I had micronutrient and thyroid tests for hair breakage and falling. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have an underactive thyroid and on 100 mg of thyroid and had a micronutrient test as hair has been breaking and falling out. The tests came back with selenium and zinc deficiency but also severe iodine deficiency (12). My nutritionist suggested multivitamins FemForte Multi which cont...  Read Full »


Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you have iodine deficiency hypothyroidism, then it should not be a problem but you need to see if you have autoimmune thyroid disease in which case you cannot take iodine supplement.   Read Full »

Please help me interpret my annual medical report.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 43 year old male. I have an active lifestyle with a focus on my diet and daily health regimen. I do not have any significant medical history, except for high cholesterol levels. I want to boost my testosterone levels too, as I hardly have any libido. Unless absolutely warranted,...  Read Full »


Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your complete list of investigations (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The following are my observations and suggestions: There is an increased cholesterol level, subclinical hypothyroidism, and raised hs-CRP (high-sensitivity C-reactive pr...  Read Full »

Which is the best medication to control my T3 and T4 levels?

Query: Hello doctor, I am currently taking NP thyroid 90 mg. I started on 60 mg. Initially, I used 100 mcg of T4 medicine but still had some issues. Once I went to NP, the T3 seems to help, but once my T4 hormones dropped, I could feel some of my symptoms again. Free T3 4.98 pg/mL. 1.58 - 3.91 pg/mL Fre...  Read Full »


Dr. Rahul Kackar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You should decrease the dose of NP thyroid to 60 mg or shift back to Levothyroxine if you tolerate it well.  Read Full »

I swallowed Povidone iodine mouthwash by mistake. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22 year old. I drank Povidone-iodine germicide gargle 10 ml in the morning and 10 ml in the afternoon. Will it affect my health as I am suffering from gastritis? I am also taking other medicines for acid reflux and my other question is that I feel a burning sensation in my left...  Read Full »


Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Betadine (Povidone-Iodine 10 %) has been used as an external disinfectant prior to surgery for years. The active antimicrobial agent is iodine and is necessary for thyroid hormone synthesis. Excess iodine will be filtered out by the normal kidneys. Povidone is a common...  Read Full »

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