Listen as Dr. Lazarus explains how iodine helps keep the thyroid healthy during pregnancy.
Iodine is an essential building block for thyroid hormone and therefore, and a pregnant woman needs somewhat more thyroid hormone than normal, and so that’s why you need a little bit more thyroid, more iodine, than normal because pregnant woman has got to supply the fetus with iodine and thyroid hormone. So it’s a vital constituent for the pregnant woman and for the thyroid gland.
About Dr. Lazarus, M.D., F.R.C.P., F.A.C.E.:
Dr. John Lazarus is a clinical professor of clinical endocrinology at Cardiff University at Cardiff School of Medicine in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom at the Centre for Endocrine and Diabetes Sciences. The Centre for Endocrine and Diabetes Sciences (CEDS) aims to undertake cutting edge laboratory-based and clinical research in the fields of endocrinology and diabetes.
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