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Poor iodine status and knowledge related to iodine on the eve of mandatory iodine fortification in Australia

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Abstract


  • Background: Mandatory fortification of bread with iodised salt is proposed to address the re-emergence of iodine deficiency in Australia and New Zealand. The impacts of fortification require baseline data of iodine status among vulnerable sectors of the population. Objective: To assess the iodine status of healthy women and to investigate consumer understanding and attitudes related to the proposed mandatory iodine fortification programme.

    Design: Cross-sectional sample of 78 non-pregnant women aged 20-55 y was conveniently sampled in

    Wollongong, NSW. A single 24-hr urine sample was collected for urinary iodine concentration (UIC). A selfadministered questionnaire assessed consumer understanding, perceptions and attitudes related to iodine fortification.

    Outcomes: Median UIC = 56 μg/L (IQR = 41-68), indicating mild iodine deficiency. Knowledge about

    iodine was poor with less than half associating low iodine status with adverse pregnancy outcomes. Health education and supplementation, particularly at the medical practitioner interface, was considered the best strategy for improving low iodine levels.

    Conclusions: The iodine status of women in one region of New South Wales was low. These data add support to the need for a national approach to address iodine intake which includes an accompanying consumer education campaign.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Charlton, K. E., Yeatman, H. & Houweling, F. (2010). Poor iodine status and knowledge related to iodine on the eve of mandatory iodine fortification in Australia. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 19 (2), 250-255.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77955084839

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1497&context=hbspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/477

Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 250

End Page


  • 255

Volume


  • 19

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • http://apjcn.nhri.org.tw/server/APJCN/Volume19/vol19.2/abstracts.php#Poor_iodine_status_

Abstract


  • Background: Mandatory fortification of bread with iodised salt is proposed to address the re-emergence of iodine deficiency in Australia and New Zealand. The impacts of fortification require baseline data of iodine status among vulnerable sectors of the population. Objective: To assess the iodine status of healthy women and to investigate consumer understanding and attitudes related to the proposed mandatory iodine fortification programme.

    Design: Cross-sectional sample of 78 non-pregnant women aged 20-55 y was conveniently sampled in

    Wollongong, NSW. A single 24-hr urine sample was collected for urinary iodine concentration (UIC). A selfadministered questionnaire assessed consumer understanding, perceptions and attitudes related to iodine fortification.

    Outcomes: Median UIC = 56 μg/L (IQR = 41-68), indicating mild iodine deficiency. Knowledge about

    iodine was poor with less than half associating low iodine status with adverse pregnancy outcomes. Health education and supplementation, particularly at the medical practitioner interface, was considered the best strategy for improving low iodine levels.

    Conclusions: The iodine status of women in one region of New South Wales was low. These data add support to the need for a national approach to address iodine intake which includes an accompanying consumer education campaign.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Charlton, K. E., Yeatman, H. & Houweling, F. (2010). Poor iodine status and knowledge related to iodine on the eve of mandatory iodine fortification in Australia. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 19 (2), 250-255.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77955084839

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1497&context=hbspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/477

Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 250

End Page


  • 255

Volume


  • 19

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • http://apjcn.nhri.org.tw/server/APJCN/Volume19/vol19.2/abstracts.php#Poor_iodine_status_