Check your iodine level before it's too late

Check your iodine level before itUpdated on : 28-02-2017 04:12 PM
Iodine Deficiency Disorder has become a major health problem worldwide. One third of the world's population is at the risk of Iodine Deficiency Disorder.



IMPORTANCE OF IODINE

Iodine is required for the synthesis of the thyroid hormones T-3 and T- 4

It is essential for normal growth and development

IODINE DEFICIENCY DISORDERS

Hypothyroidism

Enlargement of the thyroid gland or Goitre

Iodine is a essential nutrient that is required for the growth and development.

REQUIREMENT OF IODINE

An adult normally requires around 150 micrograms iodine per day

SOURCE OF IODINE

Commonest source is iodized salt

Milk

Eggs

Seaweed

Shellfish

Sea fish

Seafood

Meat

Cereal Grains

Lack of Iodine in the diet may lead to mental retardation and many other severe health problems.



IODINE DEFICIENCY IN PREGNANCY: EFFECTS



Subnormal intelligence, mental retardation, impaired cognitive development in the child

Brain damage

Neuro-muscular weakness and spasticity (muscle stiffness)

Stunted physical and mental growth (Endemic cretinism)

Still birth and Spontaneous abortion in pregnant women

Congenital abnormalities like deaf-mutism (inability to speak) and dwarfism

Defect in vision, hearing and speech



Adequate Iodine Intake is an effective way to prevent iodine deficiency disorders.

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