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Preventable Stupidity Common In The UK

BBC News - Worrying levels of iodine deficiency in the UK

A study involving more than 700 teenage girls at nine UK centres found more than two-thirds had a deficiency.
Experts say the problem stems from children drinking less milk, which is a good source of iodine.
Nearly 70% of the samples revealed an iodine deficiency and nearly a fifth (18%) of samples showed very low iodine levels, below 50μg/L rather than the acceptable minimum of 100μg/L.
Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of preventable mental impairment worldwide producing typical reductions in IQ of 10 to 15 IQ points.

That explains a lot.

Comments

That's what you get when you make impressionable people fear salt, too.

Milk?

Gareth - yes, at least table salt in the US, which has added an iodine component to it for over half a century - but generally not the salt in "Processed" foods.

Some questions need to be asked about this article: interesting questions.

Why were all those measured female?

Why were all those measured teenagers?

Why was the test of urine and not of blood?

What are these centres for, and where are they?

Are there any other particular demographic or medical classifications (apart from age and sex) of those tested?

What is the reference demography and other classification of the reference population (WRT urine iodine levels) and is this matched by sampled population which has 70% of the sample with 'significantly' lower iodine levels?

Where is the reference to a published technical journal article or official report?

Best regards

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