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Deborah Gilboa, MD Iodine Deficiency
Iodine deficiency during pregnancy can lead to slow mental development in children. Without iodine, the hormones produced by the thyroid gland cannot be made, which have a direct impact on fetal brain development. Studies show that lower iodine consumption can lead to poorer reading and IQ scores.
NEW RESEARCH HAS raised concerns that the iodine status of pregnant women is a public health issue that needs to be addressed, after it found that an iodine deficiency in pregnancy may have an adverse effect on children’s mental development.
Iodine is essential for producing the hormones made by the thyroid gland, which have a direct effect on fetal brain development. Humans mostly consume iodine through dairy products and seafood.
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