Iodine deficiency, more than cretinism and goiter.

  title={Iodine deficiency, more than cretinism and goiter.},
  author={R H Verheesen and Christiane Marie Schweitzer},
  journal={Medical hypotheses},
  volume={71 5},
Recent reports of the World Health Organization show iodine deficiency to be a worldwide occurring health problem. As iodine status is based on median urinary iodine excretion, even in countries regarded as iodine sufficient, a considerable part of the population may be iodine deficient. Iodine is a key element in the synthesis of thyroid hormones and as a consequence, severe iodine deficiency results in hypothyroidism, goiter, and cretinism with the well known biochemical alterations. However… CONTINUE READING
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