Low Iodine Diet

 stands for Radioactive Iodine  It is used in nuclear medicine therapeutically and can also be seen with diagnostic scanners if it has been used therapeutically.
Your thyroid gland absorbs nearly all of the iodine in your blood. When a large enough dose of radioactive iodine (RAI), also known as I-131, is taken into the body, it can destroy the thyroid gland and any other thyroid cells (including cancer cells) that take up iodine. The radioactive iodine is usually given as a capsule or liquid. This treatment can be used to destroy any thyroid tissue not removed by surgery or to treat thyroid cancer that has spread to lymph nodes and other parts of the body.

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A low iodine diet is prescribed before radioactive iodine (RAI) scans and radioactive iodine treatments. It is a special diet that limits the amount of iodine that is consumed through foods and beverages.
The purpose of a low-iodine diet is to deplete the body of its stores of iodine, to help increase the effectiveness of the radioactive iodine scan or treatment. The premise is that when the radioactive iodine is administered, the thyroid cells will “suck” up the iodine, because the body has been so depleted.
This list of foods below is based on the low iodine diets recommended by The National Institutes of Health and the Thyroid Cancer Survivors Association.

soy (includes soybeans, soy sauce, tofu, and any other food with soy) beans (avoid red kidney beans, navy beans, lima beans, pinto beans, and cowpeas)

Prohibited Foods:
 dairy (egg yolks, milk, yogurt, cheese, butter, ice cream, sour cream)  seafood (anything from the ocean should be avoided, including fish, shellfish, and kelp)  processed foods (prepackaged foods, frozen dinners, deli meats, hot dogs, bacon, sausage, foods at restaurants and fast food eateries)

Here are foods that are allowed on the lowiodine diet:  fresh meats (no more than 5-6 ounces a day)  fresh fruits and vegetables (no potato skins)  frozen vegetables, without added salt (no rhubarb) unsalted nuts  vegetable oils  sodas(as long as they don't contain red dye #3 - check the label or call manufacturer)  unsalted peanut butter  coffee and tea (non-dairy creamer is allowed)  homemade breads (no egg yolks, dairy, or iodized salt in the ingredients)  fresh and dried herbs and spices, including pepper  beer, wine, and distilled alcohols (wine coolers and flavored liquors may contain red dye #3, check label)  canned peaches, pineapple, and pears
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bath daily and wash hands with soap and water 2. children and pregnant women.S. Avoid open mouth kissing and all sexual contact 8. if you are cooking for your family. remember not to taste any of the food with a spoon that will be used for food preparation 7.I. separates towels. Better yet use plastic plates. After this period of time. shower. By: Christian D. Separate your plates. the radiation exposure to other people is negligible and you do not need to fallow any additional precautions. wash all of this separately from the family wash 3. Alcon B. utensils and cups so you won’t have to wash your dishes separately 6. and bidet after use 5. flush the toilet at least 2 or 3 times after using the bathroom 4. Avoid prolonged intimate physical contact with babies. wash the bathroom sink. Christine Chan . In order to flush out the radiation faster. Try to maintain at least 6 feet from all pregnant women 9.These precautions are important to fallow in order to minimize radiation exposure to your family members and friends: 1. Sain Loius University Baguio City These precautions should be fallowed for three days after the therapy. Brief moments of hugging and touching are allowed. clothes bed linens. silverwares and drinking cups. Ms. III A2 C. keep yourself well hydrated so that the radioactive iodine will be passed out of your body through your urine. bathtub.N.

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