As if pregnancy wasn’t enough of a problem when it comes to women, weight gain and their thyroid, here’s yet another: Women have more thyroid problems than men simply because of breast tissue . Did you know that a woman’s breasts require almost as much iodine as the thyroid ?
So for women, iodine has to do double, or during pregnancy, even triple duty.
There’s even a condition named for this breast tissue iodine deficiency: Fibrocystic Breast Disease . Clinically, a woman with fibrocystic breast disease should be assumed to be thyroid deficient. It has also been reported that women with this specific iodine deficiency disease are also more likely to develop breast cancer than those that don’t.
Since men don’t have these problems, women are unfortunately the ones who are typically more prone to being iodine deficient.
I related to this article and many of the comments. I have been peri-menopausal since the age of 46. At 55, my last period was in the spring and my fingers are crossed! I did LCHF first 4 years ago, very successfully. Then something happened, fell off, issues multiplied. The way back has taken me through hormone therapy, all kinds of different versions of low carb, different ways of fasting and now iodine protocols, niacin and megadose Vit C (in addition a long list of supplements). Ready to try almost anything at 80 lbs overweight. So many things seem to help for a bit but turn out to be 2 steps forward and 3 back. Experiencing some relief now with the supps plus a weight trainer 2 days a week, about to add yoga and I think I will look into this idea of lower protein than the 100 grams or so I have been consuming. I am feeling better but the weight just will not budge. UGH. I don't need perfection, just something approaching normal for me.