Iodine deficiency is the lack of iodine in the body which is produced by the thyroid gland. The most common symptom of this deficiency is goitre, other symptoms could be developmental delays and cretinism.
HOW IS IODINE DEFICIENCY DIAGNOSED?
The general physician may recommend a 24-hr urine iodine collection for a medical test. Iodine skin test may also be performed to diagnose the condition.
HOW IS IODINE DEFICIENCY TREATED?
Treatment of Iodine Deficiency aims at ingesting iodine rich foods. Food supplements that are rich in iodine are given to patients affected with Iodine Deficiency. Nutritionist may advice diet that consists of milk, egg yolks, saltwater fish and sea vegetables
DID YOU KNOW?
Iodine Deficiency that results in goitre occurs in 187 million people globally as of 2010 (.7% of the population)