Radioactive iodine is commonly recommended by endocrinologists as a treatment for hyperthyroidism. While conventional treatment methods are sometimes necessary, options such as radioactive iodine and thyroid surgery should be avoided whenever possible, as the goal should be to address the underlying cause of the condition. That being said, for those who are thinking about radioactive iodine but need further convincing as to why they should avoid it, during this episode I’ll discuss three reasons why you’ll want to avoid it.
During this episode you’ll learn:
- The risks of receiving radioactive iodine in Graves’ disease patients
- The risks of receiving radioactive iodine in those with toxic multinodular goiter
- What the research shows regarding the quality of life when comparing radioactive iodine, thyroid surgery, and antithyroid medication
- Whether thyroid surgery is a better option
- My thoughts on long-term antithyroid medication
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