Extra iodine needed in conception, pregnancy
ALL women, with the exception of those with Crohn’s disease, should take iodine supplements from before conception through pregnancy and while breastfeeding, says an expert in the field.
Professor Creswell Eastman, chairman of the Australian Centre for Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders, told the Royal Australasian College of Physicians congress in Adelaide last week that iodine deficiency remained a major problem in Australia.
“There isn’t a good individual test for iodine deficiency aside from asking the patients about their diet,” he said.
Professor Eastman said despite increased publicity about the effects of iodine deficiency on unborn children, the problem affected more than 50% of women.