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This Thyroid Condition Is a Top Public Health Issue

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  • The rates of iodine deficiency are increasing worldwide and studies suggest you may be at risk of iodine insufficiency even if you are living in a developed country
  • Low iodine levels are associated with fatigue, infertility, thyroid swelling (goiter) and other thyroid and nonthyroid health problems
  • Foods high in iodine include cheese, sea vegetables, strawberries and yogurt — as always, raw, grass fed, organic sources are best
  • Some of the best ways to determine if you are getting enough iodine include performing a simple skin test, taking an iodine-loading test or by completing bloodwork

By Dr. Mercola

Iodine deficiency and the thyroid conditions related to it are a serious public health concern. Several studies published earlier this year suggest iodine deficiency is re-emerging. While about 40 percent of the world's population is thought to be at risk of iodine deficiency, residents of developed countries are increasingly found to be lacking this essential nutrient.

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