World Iodine Deficiency Day

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Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day (IDD) or World Iodine Deficiency Day is observed every year on 21 October.

Important facts

  • The theme of World Iodine Deficiency Day, 2022 is ‘Thyroid and Communication’.

  • The idea of the theme is to spread awareness of iodine and its importance. 

  • On this occasion, many activities are organised to create awareness among the general public regarding the prevention of iodine deficiency disorders.

  • On this occasion, World Iodine Deficiency Control Week will be celebrated from 21-27 October by the Health Department across the country.

Iodine and its importance

  • Iodine is a mineral used by the body to regulate metabolism.

  • It is an element that is needed for the production of thyroid hormone.

  • The body does not make iodine, so it is an essential part of our diet.

  • It also helps control bone growth and brain development in children.

  • It is found in seafood, iodized salt, dairy products and some fruits and vegetables.

  • Globally, 2 billion people are at risk of iodine deficiency diseases.

  • In 1992, iodized salt was made mandatory for human consumption in India.

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