Reducing Your Risk
Several drugs may cause hypothyroidism, but the association is not definitive. Some examples are:
- Large doses of iodine
- Interleukin II
Although rare in the United States, iodine deficiency can cause hypothyroidism. A varied American diet and the use of iodized salt can avoid this nutritional deficiency. Your doctor or a registered dietitian can help you to identify foods rich in iodine, such as shellfish, iodized salt, breads, and cereals.
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