CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 18, 2014

Iodine Deficiency Information: Part 1

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IODINE DEFICIENCY INFORMATION  Part 1 Movicon2-happy

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NOTE: I first posted this but somehow it didn’t post, or it disappeared—we all know computers—so I’m reposting Part 1 on its original date, hoping some readers will return to read it. My apologies that the original is floating out there somewhere in space.

 DISCLAIMER: This article represents information I gleaned from the Internet articles (some well-referenced) on iodine deficiency in adults. It is not and should not take the place of medical advice. I encourage you to talk with your health care providers (doctor, registered dietitian, pharmacist, etc.) about your interest in, questions about, and/or use of iodine and what may be best for your overall health.

This is the first of two articles disclosing the research results of my Internet research on iodine deficiency in the adult and older population.

I preceded these articles with Iodine Deficiency: My Story.

FOCUS OF THIS POST

Iodine deficiency is described as a secret health issue: Rates of iodine deficiency have reached epidemic levels…over the past 40 years.^

This article shares the surprising information on iodine deficiency, information I discovered while doing an Internet search on the subject. I am sharing in this article. I encourage you to review the material and draw your own conclusions by reviewing the list of source material at the end of this article.

This article focuses on iodine deficiency in adults and the elderly. I found little information on this population–the vast amount of iodine deficiency studies focus on children and pregnant women.

 DOES WHAT IS GOOD FOR YOU HARM YOU?

Many guidelines exist for a healthy life. Some (my research implies) have unintended negative side effect. For example:

  • Eliminate/reduce dietary salt intake for protection against high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and edema.
  • Include more vegetables and less meat in our diets to reduce cholesterol.
  • Exercise more, which benefits all biological systems.

What is the damaging side effect? Each of the above depletes the body of iodine.

WHAT IS IODINE?

Iodine is a non-metal trace mineral that our bodies require in small quantities. It rarely occurs as the element, which is a gas. Instead, it occurs as a salt, referred to as iodide (not iodine). Iodide is quickly and almost completely absorbed in the stomach and duodenum.^^

WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF IODINE IN THE BODY?

Iodine plays a large role in our mental and physical development. Without it, your body cannot (more…)

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