Understanding how your thyroid gland works especially the thyroid which i think is the most vulnerable component of the endocrine system dr jonathan wright pioneer in natural medicine how much iodine do you need for thyroid health in japan the daily dose of iodine obtained from the diet averages around 2000 to 3000 micrograms . The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system it produces hormones that help the body use energy stay warm and keep the brain heart muscles and other organs working as they should it also has an important role in metabolism the thyroid gland is located in your lower neck just below the adams apple in a man and wraps around the . The national cancer institute predicts more than 44000 people will develop thyroid cancer in 2010 thyroid cancer is the most common form of cancer of the endocrine system an intricate communication system that uses specialized chemicals called hormones to send messages that control and coordinate various bodily functions. Too much as well as too little of any essential nutrient may lead to more health problems complicating your thyroid status rather than improving it 1 understanding the ways diet affects thyroid function the thyroid gland is prompted to release thyroid hormones into the blood by thyroid stimulating hormone tsh
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