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      Iodine Deficiency Disorders Continue to be a Problem in the Asia Pacific Region

      Journal of the ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies

      Journal of the ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies (JAFES)

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          Iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) due to inadequate dietary iodine is one of the major non-communicable diseases yet to be eliminated from our world, particularly in the Asia Pacific region. There has been remarkable progress in reducing iodine deficiency over the past two decades, with 50 more countries declaring successful elimination mainly due to effective implementation of universal salt iodization (USI) programs. The most devastating—but often the least visible—effect of IDD is damage to the central nervous system, causing a spectrum of impairment from mild loss of intelligence quotient (IQ), to severe, irreversible brain damage called neurological cretinism.

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          Journal
          Journal of the ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies
          JAFES
          Journal of the ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies (JAFES)
          08571074
          2308118X
          November 30 2012
          November 30 2012
          : 27
          : 2
          : 170-175
          Affiliations
          [1 ]International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD) Principal, The Sydney Thyroid Clinic, Westmead Specialist Centre, New South Wales, Australia
          10.15605/jafes.027.02.06
          © 2012

          CC BY 3.0

          Endocrinology & Diabetes, Medicine, Internal medicine

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