Do you have thyroid nodules? If so, you have probably wondered, at least at some point, how to treat or reduce the size of those nodules.
And that’s exactly what we are going to be talking about today. Natural treatments for thyroid nodules and just thyroid nodule treatment in general. We will include some natural therapies as well as some medical therapies because they may be necessary for some people.
But first, why should you care about thyroid nodules? The main concern is not the nodule itself but what the nodule can turn into. And, of course, I’m talking about thyroid cancer.
All thyroid nodules have a small risk of being cancerous or turning into cancer at some point in the future. Because of this, it behooves you as the patient to try and minimize this risk as MUCH as possible.
The good news is that MOST thyroid nodules are benign and NOT cancerous (about 95%) but you should still take care to minimize your risk of thyroid cancer.
So how do you treat thyroid nodules? Here are 6 steps you would want to consider:
#1. TSH management.
TSH stands for thyroid stimulating hormone and it does exactly as it sounds. It stimulates the thyroid gland. This is a HUGE problem for thyroid nodules, though, because you really don’t want to stimulate them. If you do, then you are stimulating them to grow (which is obviously bad).
So a high TSH level is not ideal if you have thyroid nodules and is something that should be addressed.
You can treat thyroid nodules with thyroid medication and other therapies. NDT is particularly effective at reducing the TSH.
#2. Iodine management.
Both high iodine and low iodine can trigger the growth of thyroid nodules. Because of this, you need to take great care of your iodine intake if you have a thyroid nodule.
The recommended dose of iodine daily is somewhere between 100mcg and 12mg per day. Play around with the dose to find out what works for you.
#3. Autoimmune management.
We also know that autoimmune disease increases inflammation which damages the thyroid gland and increases your risk of thyroid nodules.
MOST people with hypothyroidism have this issue which makes it a big concern for anyone with that condition. Treating your inflammation and balancing your immune system is critical.
#4. Blood sugar and insulin resistance management.