Iodine deficiency in pregnant women from Northern Ireland

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A study was reported at the Society for Endocrinology Annual Conference in Brighton that showed iodine deficiency in 241 pregnant women from Northern Ireland. The study by Paul McMullan and colleagues measured urinary iodine concentration and found that the median  was below the threshold set by WHO to indicate iodine sufficiency (150 mcg/L) during pregnancy in each trimester Р72, 94 and 116 mcg/L in the first, second, and third trimesters respectively.

In a separate cohort of 183 pregnant women, the researchers evaluated knowledge of iodine and found that just 5% of participants had sufficient knowledge about iodine.

The full press release can be read here