Iodine & ADHD

A group of researchers at Italy's University of Messina recently completed a
study of Sicilian children linking "ADHD" with maternal hypothyroxinemia (iodine
deficiency in the thyroid). Iodine is a key component of thyroid hormone, used
in regulating growth and metabolism.

The researchers followed the children of sixteen women in an area of Sicily
where iodine deficiency is common, comparing them to children in a region where
iodine is "marginally sufficient." ADHD was diagnosed in eleven of the sixteen
children from the iodine-deficient area, but in none of the comparison group.

Dr. Francesco Vermiglio, who led the study, told Reuters Health that he believes
the ADHD symptoms and lower IQ scores in the study group resulted from maternal
hypothyroxinemia in the first half of pregnancy.

Source: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology, December 2004.

Posted April 2005 | Permanent Link

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