Iodine Deficiency Test - Verisana Lab

Iodine Deficiency Test

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With the Iodine Deficiency Test, we examine your urine sample for the following parameters:

1.) Iodine
2.) Creatinine

Iodine contributes to the formation of the thyroid hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and tetraiodothyronine (T4). Low iodine levels may be a factor in the development of hypothyroidism.

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Details
Who should take the test?

You feel lethargic, have difficulty concentrating or are very sensitive to cold? The symptoms of iodine deficiency often develop gradually and are rather unspecific, yet it can affect anyone. Did you know, for example, that almost all European countries are considered natural iodine deficiency areas?

Iodine is an underestimated trace element that is primarily required for the production of the thyroid hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and tetraiodothyronine (T4). These hormones primarily regulate the entire metabolism. However, they also influence the cardiovascular system and gastrointestinal tract, growth and developmental processes, and mental health. Because iodine plays a central role in the formation of these hormones, a persistent deficiency has serious consequences for affected individuals. In fact, many thyroid disorders are due to iodine deficiency.

The iodine deficiency test analyzes the following parameters:

  • Iodine
  • Creatinine

With our Iodine Deficiency Test you can find out whether there is an adequate supply of iodine. To be able to classify the result correctly, creatinine is measured in addition to iodine. This value provides information about the degree of concentration of the urine. Since the values can fluctuate between very high and very low concentrations, iodine should always be measured taking the creatinine value into account.

How does it work?

You take the samples at home, send them back to us and we send you your result with information on the measured parameters. You will find out whether your values are within the normal range and receive valuable information about iodine.

What will my results tell me?

Your report will contain detailed information about your Iodine level and whether it is normal or too low (compared to the respective reference range for your age group). You can then discuss these results with your physician or practitioner, who can advise you on how to proceed and on the various therapy options.

What guidance will I get along with my results?

We always recommend the discussion of the mailed results with your doctor or practitioner. Besides, further information is available on our website, especially in the different test categories, under “health conditions” and the FAQs. Still have questions? Then you can contact us by mail at contact@verisana.co.uk.

Test measures
For the Iodine Deficiency Test we analyze:
  • Iodine
  • Creatinine
Iodine

Iodine is an essential trace element that cannot be produced by the body itself and must therefore be ingested in sufficient quantities through the diet. Iodine is necessary above all for the production of the thyroid hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and tetraiodothyronine (T4). These hormones control many processes in the body. An iodine deficiency can therefore cause thyroid dysfunction, which is accompanied by a wide variety of symptoms.

Creatinine

Creatinine is a breakdown product of creatine, which serves as an energy store in the muscles. It is excreted continuously by the kidneys and can therefore be used to reflect the degree of concentration in the urine. The excretion rate depends on the muscle mass and the stage of life. The creatinine value is elevated when kidney function is impaired. Very high values can therefore be an indication of kidney weakness.

Symptoms
Symptoms the Iodine Deficiency Test is suitable for:
  • fatigue
  • sleep disorders
  • poor physical performance
  • depression
  • sensitivity to cold
  • weight gain
  • mood swings
  • infertility
Sample collection guide
General

Please read the following instructions in detail, before starting with the sample collection.

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Sample report
The sample report

Below you will find the sample report for the Iodine Deficiency Test .

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Who should consider taking the Iodine Deficiency Test?

Individuals experiencing symptoms such as lethargy, difficulty concentrating, sensitivity to cold, or those at risk of iodine deficiency due to living in areas with low iodine levels, should consider taking the test.

How does iodine deficiency affect health?

Iodine deficiency can lead to various health issues, including hypothyroidism, which manifests as fatigue, weight gain, and cognitive impairment. It can also affect cardiovascular health, growth, development, and mental well-being.

Why is creatinine measured alongside iodine in the test?

Creatinine levels in urine help to determine the concentration of the sample. This is crucial for accurately interpreting iodine levels, as urine concentration can vary. Creatinine measurement ensures the iodine results are properly contextualized.

What does iodine have to do with the thyroid gland?

The thyroid gland needs iodine to produce thyroid hormones. A deficiency therefore inevitably also leads to hypothyroidism. The resulting symptoms usually develop insidiously, so that many affected people do not notice anything for a long time.The increased iron demand in women is caused in particular by menstruation, pregnancy and lactation.

How can I increase my iodine intake?

A simple increase can be made by iodized table salt. In addition, the following foods contain relatively high amounts of iodine: fish, seafood, broccoli, mushrooms and peanuts. Before taking supplements such as iodide tablets, please contact your doctor.

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