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Iodine Testing

Iodine Testing

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Iodine deficiency is re-emerging in many locations around the world, and is implicated in many serious health conditions.

Iodine is an essential mineral required by the body. The thyroid gland is dependent on iodine to synthesize thyroid hormones, thus a major indication of iodine deficiency include hypothyroid symptoms. Iodine is also required for maintaining healthy breast tissue, and cancer prevention. The mineral has potent antioxidant properties, as well as immune regulating and oestrogen modulating functions.

Research has indicated that severe iodine deficiency has been steadily increasing over the last 20 years; increasing from 2.6% to 11.7%. What’s more concerning is the data shows that up to 50% of pregnant women in high risk areas, show some extend of iodine deficiency. Inadequate iodine levels have been linked to serious implications for maternal and child health. Due to this fact, iodine status is recommended as part of preconception assessment.

The best place to start is with a Random Iodine Test. This is a standard procedure used to detect iodine deficiencies. Further Iodine Loading Tests can be utilised to determine the extend (mild or severe) of the deficiency.

Symptoms and Common Conditions Associated with Iodine Deficiency:

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Decreased fertility
  • Fibrocystic breast disease
  • Estrogen imbalance
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Endometrial, ovarian and breast cancers
  • Goiter
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Dry skin
  • Increased perinatal death & infant mortality
  • Growth stunting
  • Speech and hearing problems
  • Lowered IQ

 

What happens in the test?

In your consultation your Naturopath will supply you with a test kit that provides everything you need to perform the urine test in the privacy of your own home.

If you are concerned about any of these areas or planning to have a baby, consult with on of our Naturopaths today for individualised assessment and standardized testing. 

Our clinic is located at 49 Chetwynd St, NorthMelbourne. You can make an appointment enquiry online, email us at info@melbournenaturalmedicine.com.au or phone us on (03) 9686 2566.