Is anyone aware of any major national or international effort being made to ensure adequate iodine intake within the UK? Even in pregnancy? Hmm... is it too presumptious for me to say: "Well I thought not!"
Minerva Med. 2016 Dec 14. [Epub ahead of print]
Epidemiology of iodine deficiency.
1UK representative of the International Council for the Control of the Iodine Deficiency Disorders and President of the British Thyroid Association - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iodine is an essential component of the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) produced by the thyroid gland. Iodine deficiency impairs thyroid hormone production and has adverse effects throughout life, particularly early in life as it impairs cognition and growth. Iodine deficiency remains a significant problem despite major national and international efforts to increase iodine intake, primarily through the voluntary or mandatory iodisation of salt. Recent epidemiological data suggest that iodine deficiency is an emerging issue in industrialised countries, previously thought of as iodine-sufficient. International efforts to control iodine deficiency are slowing, and reaching the third of the worldwide population that remains deficient poses major challenges.
[PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
For a few dollars more... Well, 85 euros to be exact, I might have been able to tell you more about the paper.