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Can goiter be prevented?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Often, goiters are the result of things you cannot control, such as the level of your thyroid function and whether or not you have an auto-immune disorder. Goiters can grow due to a lack of iodine in the body, but this is rare in the United States and other developed countries. Supplemental iodine usually is not needed and can lead to other problems, such as autoimmune thyroid disease.

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