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Is craving salt a symptom of thyroid problems?

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Craving salt is not commonly a symptom observed in individuals with thyroid conditions. One cause of hypothyroidism, which is a condition characterized by low thyroid activity, is iodine deficiency. Iodine deficiency can be caused by low salt intake, according to WebMD.

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The thyroid is located at the base of the front of the neck and produces hormones that are critical for the proper metabolic functioning of the human body. The thyroid needs iodine to produce these hormones. In America, table salt is iodized to ensure that people get the necessary levels of this mineral for proper thyroid functioning, according to WebMD. Anecdotal reports show that people with hypothyroidism craving salt, but it is not a common symptom of this disease.

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