June 11, 2018

The U.S. Navy Study - Iodine (75 mcg)

About 95% of all cases of overt hypothyroidism are primary. In the past, the most common cause of hypothyroidism was iodine deficiency. The thyroid gland adds iodine to the amino acid tyrosine to create the thyroid hormones. Iodine deficiency leads to hypothyroidism or the development of an enlarged thyroid gland (i.e., a goiter), or both.

Goiters are estimated to affect more than 200 million people worldwide. In all but 4% of these cases, the cause is an iodine deficiency. Iodine deficiency is now quite rare in the United States and other industrialized countries due to the addition of iodine to table salt. Adding iodine to table salt began in Michigan, where in 1924 the goiter rate was an incredible 47%.
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