458857729

Iodine Random- Spot Urine (Test Code 5016)

Current public health recommendations to restrict salt intake, combined with a decline in the use of iodophors by the dairy industry and in commercial bread production, has lead to the re-emergence of this mineral deficiency around the world.  Since Iodine is required for the synthesis of thyroid hormones, the major indication of iodine deficiency include hypothyroid symptoms. An iodine deficiency during pregnancy can result in cretism, lowered IQ, mental retardation and stunted growth.  Iodine may also play a role in the maintenance of healthy breast tissue and cancer prevention. Its antioxidant, immune regulating and estrogen modulating functions may be mechanisms by which these properties can be explained.

Analytes:

Iodine (random), Iodine corrected, creatinine

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Research has indicated that severe iodine deficiency has more than quadrupled in America over the last 20 years; increasing from 2.6% to 11.7%. Even more disconcerting is the observation that nearly half of the pregnant women in these areas also have this mineral deficiency.

Random Iodine Test: The standard procedure used to detect iodine deficiencies. It measures iodine levels in a random urinary specimen. The disadvantage of this is it is not a sensitive test for detecting mild or moderate iodine deficiencies.

Common Conditions:

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Decreased fertility
  • Fibrocystic breast disease
  • Estrogen imbalance
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Weight gain

 

NOTICE TO PATIENTS

NutriPATH practices in the usual practitioner-referral system for pathology laboratories. Patients are highly recommended to seek the supervision and guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner for the interpretation of any lab results and associated information. NutriPATH can offer assistance in locating a suitable practitioner.

Analytes

Iodine (random)
Iodine corrected
creatinine