Nutrigenomics Iodine Requirement

Based on your genetics, your genetic predisposition for Iodine Requirement is

High
Low
Normal
High

What does this mean?

Likely to have increased risk of iodine deficiency Your genotype indicates that you are likely to have an increased risk for iodine deficiency.

How Is Your Genetic Risk Calculated?

This result is based on the SNPs(single nucleotide polymorphism)that are associated with Iodine Requirement.

Genes
Your Genotype
What it means?
Genes: DIO2
Your Genotype: CC
What it means? Higher risk for iodine deficiency
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Limitations

This report does not diagnose any health conditions or provide medical advice. This should not be used as a diagnostic tool.
This result is limited to existing scientific research.
Please consult with a healthcare professional before making any major lifestyle changes or if you have any other concerns about your results.

What is Iodine Requirement?

Iodine is a micronutrient of crucial importance for the health and well-being of all individuals. The body does not make iodine, hence diet is the sole source of iodine.

Iodine is crucial in the production of thyroid hormones. These hormones regulate the metabolic activities of most cells and play a vital role in the process of early growth and development of most organs, especially the brain.

Thus, iodine deficiency can lead to enlargement of the thyroid, low throid levels and intellectual disabilities in infants and children whose mothers were iodine deficient during pregnancy.

How does iodine deficiency affect you?

Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) is the most common endocrinopathy in the world and also the most preventable cause of mental retardation. Common IDDs include:

i. Goiter
Iodine is tasked with thyroid development. If iodine levels drop, the thyroid’s health will be affected.

ii. Hypothyroidism
Iodine is necessary for proper thyroid hormone production. Without iodine, hormone levels will dip. This usually causes weight gain, loss of hair, various skin conditions, erectile dysfunction, infertility, and much more.

iii. Cretinism
If pregnant moms do not get enough iodine, the baby could be born with a neurological birth defect.

Symptoms of iodine deficiency

Suggested Lifestyle Changes

Dietary Recommendations:

  1. You should be able to maintain sufficient iodine intake through a balanced diet. Seaweed (such as kelp, nori, kombu, and wakame) is one of the best food sources of iodine, but it is highly variable in its content.
  2. Dairy products, especially milk, and grain products are the major contributors of iodine.
  3. You can also choose to use iodised salt in your daily cooking, to ensure adequate amounts of iodine is consumed.
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