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Iodine Deficiency Can Be Noticed at an Early Stage

Monday, 10 March 2014 01:44 AM EDT

Iodine is an essential element for the production of thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone is produced by the thyroid gland located in the lower front of the human neck. Iodine molecules in the blood play the role of precursors in the production of this much essential hormone.
Thyroid hormone is very important for our body as it majorly and most importantly gets mixed in the blood stream and is carried to the heart, muscles, brain, and every other organ. It is essential to regulate normal functioning of all body organs, and this necessitates the presence of appropriate amounts of iodine in the diet. Hence, it is necessary to include good dose of iodine in our diet.
Iodine deficiency could lead to low production of thyroid hormone, which in turn could lead to all kinds of problems in the vital organs of the body. Some common sources of iodine are cow’s milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, iodized salt, soy milk, soy sauce, shell fish, and seaweed like kelp. When a person shows early symptoms of iodine deficiency, iodized multivitamins and other supplements are generally prescribed to prevent problems.
Iodine deficiency can have severe consequences and cause problems in the proper development of the brain and body. Some of the early symptoms that are indicative of iodine deficiency and thyroid problems in the body are difficulty in swallowing, brittle nails, cold hands and feet, lethargy and fatigue, menstrual irregularities in women, throat pain, or weight gain problems.
Other symptoms of iodine deficiency or thyroid-related problems include:
  • Goiter: In case of thyroid deficiency, enlargement of the thyroid gland takes place where the gland fails to produce necessary amounts of thyroid hormone. Goiter is one of the most common and visible symptoms of thyroid deficiency. Due to enlarged gland, choking and problems in breathing and swallowing might occur.
  • Hypothyroidism: All symptoms of hypothyroidism can be noticed during iodine deficiency.
  • Nursing mothers and pregnant women are advocated to take special care to maintain apt levels of iodine in their diet. In case of iodine deficiency, their children can face problems and show symptoms such as lack of speech, mental retardation, problems in growth, inappropriate hearing ability, and motility dysfunctioning.
  • In severe cases of iodine deficiency during pregnancy, severe symptoms like deafness, complete mental retardation, spasticity, short stature, or even problems like complete brain damage have been noticed.
Iodine is important to maintain the health of all vital organs of the body. Preventing iodine deficiency is the best relief from the symptoms. Using iodized salts and consuming iodine-rich food items regularly can help avoid symptoms of this epidemic and dangerous disease.

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Deficiency of iodine in daily diet can lead to iodine deficiency symptoms. This includes enlargement of thyroid gland which, in absence of sufficient iodine, fails to produce enough thyroid hormone. This deficiency affects all the organs that are dependent on thyroid hormone for normal functioning.
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Monday, 10 March 2014 01:44 AM
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