Low Iodine Diet before Radioactive Therapy

Choose foods low in iodine such as egg whites rather that whole eggs or egg yolks.  Avoiding foods that contain iodine such as iodized salt, sea salt, seafood, dairy products, egg yolks, bakery products containing iodine, red dye #3, most chocolate, some molasses, soybeans and soybean products, rhubarb and potato skins will help to make Radioactive Iodine Therapy more affective. According to Thyroid Cancer Survivors association eating a low-iodine diet prior to radioactive iodine therapy, increases the effectiveness of the treatment.

A healthy diet full of complex carbohydrates, plant based foods that are full of antioxidants, healthy fats and lean proteins all help protect against re-occurring or possibility of getting another cancer.  Those with cancer are at higher risk of developing a second cancer according to the American Cancer Society.  

According to the American Cancer Society ways to  lower your risk having another cancer occur are achieving and maintaining healthy weight, regular activity, a healthy diet with emphasis plant based foods, reduction of alcohol consumption (no more than 1 drink  for women and 2 drinks for men per day) and staying away from tobacco.  


A sample diet plan is for 1800 calories and foods low in iodine.  Which provides 6 ounces of grains; 4 ¾  cups of vegetables; 4 ½ cups of fruits; 0 servings of dairy (limit/no dairy during treatment due to iodine); 9 ounces of protein and 6 tablespoons of oil.  This calorie level is typically adequate for women who are sedentary. This sample plan is full of complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, plant-based foods, lean proteins and rich-tasting foods that can help lower your risk of cancer.  Having a plan for the day that is calorically balanced and what your body needs without excess calories will help to attain and maintain a healthy weight.  For exact needs one must be assessed for health conditions, current weight and activity level to know the exact amount needed but a basic diet listed below are based on a 2000 calorie diet and can be adjusted depending on needs.  


Get brief informational answers to your question from experts.