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Art Pharma® Lugol’s Iodine Solution | Iodine Deficiency in 4 steps

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"Approximately 40% of the world's population remains at risk for iodine deficiency."
American Thyroid Association (ATA)
“It is estimated that 1.88 billion people worldwide remain at risk of insufficient iodine intake...”
World Health Organization, “Salt reduction and iodine fortification strategies in public health,” March 2013

1. → What does "iodine deficiency or (IDD)" mean?

A problem arises when bodily iodine levels are too low ‐‐ bodily functions that require iodine are compromised. There also isn't enough iodine for the thyroid gland to combine with tyrosine to make T3 and T4. That is when IDD (Iodine Deficiency Disease) is diagnosed.

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2. → Can our body produce more iodine?

The simple answer is "it can't!" This is why iodine needs to be a part of our diets. This is also why, when you aren't getting enough iodine in your diet, you need to supplement as necessary.

Some foods naturally contain iodine, such as seaweed, cod, shrimp, beans (e.g., navy beans), potatoes, cranberries, strawberries, eggs, yogurt, and cheese. Iodine has been added to other foods, such as enriched bread, and salt. Where the widespread use of iodized salt is not possible, injections of iodized oil is used, or iodine is added to the water supply (ATA).

Dietary restrictions and personal preferences can limit food options for increasing iodine intake. If you are on a salt‐restricted diet, the most common method of supplementing your diet with iodine – iodized salt – may no longer be an option for various reasons.

Foods grown in soil and seawater (e.g., kelp) also can vary in iodine content from one region to another, depending on the iodine content of the soil or seawater, respectively. 

3. → Conditions linked to an iodine deficiency.

  • Goiter - Abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland
"The term “goiter” simply refers to the abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. It is important to know that the presence of a goiter does not necessarily mean that the thyroid gland is malfunctioning. A goiter can occur in a gland that is producing too much hormone (hyperthyroidism), too little hormone (hypothyroidism), or the correct amount of hormone (euthyroidism). A goiter indicates there is a condition present which is causing the thyroid to grow abnormally."
American Thyroid Association (ATA)
  • Hypothyroidism - Underactive thyroid gland
"Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism means that the thyroid gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone to keep the body running normally. People are hypothyroid if they have too little thyroid hormone in the blood. Common causes are autoimmune disease, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, surgical removal of the thyroid, and radiation treatment."
American Thyroid Association (ATA)
  • Thyroiditis - Inflammation of the thyroid gland
"The term “Thyroiditis” refers to “inflammation of the thyroid gland”. There are many possible causes of thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States."
American Thyroid Association (ATA)
  • Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
 "Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It is an autoimmune disorder in which antibodies directed against the thyroid gland lead to chronic inflammation. It is not known why some people make antibodies, although this condition tends to run in families. Over time, however, this results in impaired ability of the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones, leading to gradual decline in function and eventually an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Hashimoto’s thyroiditis occurs most commonly in middle aged women, but can be seen at any age, and can also affect men, and children."
American Thyroid Association (ATA)
  • Weight Gain - Decreased BMR (basal metabolic rate)
"Since the BMR in the patient with hypothyroidism is decreased, an underactive thyroid is generally associated with some weight gain. The weight gain is often greater in those individuals with more severe hypothyroidism."
American Thyroid Association (ATA)


4. → Can an iodine deficiency (IDD) be prevented?

Today Lugol's solution is recognized by the World's Health Organization (WHO).

Wikipedia: The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. It was established on 7 April 1948, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

PDF-Download WHO's List of Essential Medicines, 20th Edition (March 2017)

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PDF-Download WHO's List of Essential Medicines for Children, 6th Edition (March 2017)

"As with many diseases, it is better to prevent the problem rather than have to treat it. Over the last 80 years, world-wide efforts have been made to eliminate iodine deficiency. Indeed, elimination of iodine deficiency has been a major goal of the World Health Organization. Iodized salt has been the mainstay of treatment for iodine deficiency worldwide, including in the United States. Injections of iodized oil are occasionally used in regions of the world where widespread iodized salt use is not possible. Iodination of water supplies also has been effective in some places.

UNITED STATES RECOMMENDATIONS – The Institute of Medicine has set the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for iodine in adult men and women at 150 μg per day. Individuals who add tablet salt to their food regularly should use iodized salt. One teaspoon of iodized salt contains approximately 400 μg iodine. Most iodine-containing multivitamins have at least 150 μg iodine, but only about half of the types of multivitamins in the U.S. contain iodine.

The RDA is 220 μg iodine per day for pregnant women and 290 μg iodine per day for breastfeeding women. Because the effects of iodine deficiency are most severe in pregnant women and their babies, the American Thyroid Association has recommended that all pregnant and breastfeeding women in the U.S. and Canada take a prenatal multivitamin containing 150 μg iodine per day. 
Amercian Thryroid Association (ATA)


 

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