Symporter defect is a cause to many people that suffer with hypothyroidism. If you have a confirmed thyroid problem or you have a lot of thyroid symptoms but your doctor always says that your thyroid hormone levels are fine then you might have a symporter defect. In this short video Dr. Rob explains exactly what that is and how to go about handling it.
A symporter defect means there is a defect in the symporter gene. This gene, well actually a set of genes, are called the sodium iodide symporter genes. These genes do a very special thing in the human body. These genes cause the thyroid gland to be able to hold onto thyroid hormone. Now way is this so important? Well, your thyroid gland must be able to absorb and hold onto iodine. If it can’t hold onto the iodine long enough to make thyroid hormone then guess what? You’re not going to have enough thyroid hormone.