Iodine deficiency — Cause of PCOS?
Believe it or not, studies have shown that iodine deficiency is likely a cause of PCOS. Its been proven that low iodine levels cause ovarian cysts (PCOS), insulin resistance, and hypothyroidism (often misdiagnosed as insulin resistance) AND multiple miscarriages!!
“Iodine deficiency may cause the ovaries to develop cysts , nodules and scar tissue. At its worse this ovarian pathology is very similar to that of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). As of the writing of this article I have five PCOS patients. The patients have successfully been brought under control with the use of 50 mg of iodine per day. Control with these patients meaning cysts are gone, periods every 28 days and type 2 diabetes mellitus under control” (http://www.optimox.com/pics/Iodine/IOD-10/IOD_10.htm)
The majority of Americans are quite deficient in a number of vitamins and minerals due to the processed food we consume.
PCOS cannot be cured, but the possibility of controlling it, long term, simply by supplementing a mineral most have never considered supplementing is quite exciting!
Low levels of iodine mean your thyroid isn’t functioning properly. The thyroid helps balance hormones, regulate heartbeats, stabilize cholesterol, maintain weight control, encourage muscle growth, keep menstrual cycles regular, provide energy, and even helps you keep a positive mental attitude.
Women are naturally prone to iodine deficiencies. When women are under stress, the need for iodine can double or triple.
Some foods, called goitrogens, should be omitted for awhile as they hinder iodine utilization. These included kale, cabbage, peanuts, soy flour, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi and turnips. (http://altmedangel.com/iodine.htm)
How do you know if your deficient?
One must have what is called an Iodine Loading Test. Your doctor can perform this test, but honestly… its unlikely he/she will UNLESS you have an exceptionally understanding and open minded doctor.
I am reminded of the time I went to my OB/GYN while pregnant, requesting my Vitamin D level be checked. He asked why, I proceeded to educate him on the importance of Vitamin D, what deficiency causes, etc. He told me, “oh its not that important. Take 1000IU a day like I do and that’s plenty”. No, he did not perform the test despite me requesting it.
My plan is to test my levels — at home. There are many labs that will send you the kit needed to perform the test (no bloodwork involved) and run the test for you, sending the results upon completion OR you can do a simple at home test on your own, all you need is some iodine (see the link below)
I am quite interested in my results and will post an “update” after I receive them. I would be interested to know your levels and results as well.
Labs who perform an at home Iodine Loading Test:
Hakala Research: email@example.com
FFP labs: firstname.lastname@example.org
Doctor’s Data, Inc: http://www.doctorsdata.com/ (requires a doctor order)
Labrix Clinical Services: email@example.com
Perform a self test at home. For instructions visit “How to Self Test for Iodine Deficiency“
For more in depth information on this topic visit Dr. Flechas’ website