May 10th, 2009

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CPD Endocrine Review: Thyroid

Where is the thyroid?
anterior neck C5-T1
though it can slip down the neck and into the thorax in some older folks

How much does a normal thyroid weigh?
10-20grams

What nutrient is concentrated in the thyroid?
iodine

What nutrient is it important to take if you are exposed to a nuclear radiation accident?
iodine, in the form of potassium iodide tablets, seaweed, bladderwrack
Japanese after Hiroshima/Nagasaki survived better with big seaweed diet
immediately, to prevent the thyroid from uptaking too much radioactive iodine
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