Revista Cubana de Higiene y Epidemiología
versión On-line ISSN 1561-3003
TERRY BERRO, Blanca. Nature, severity and present situationof disorders caused by iodine defficiency. Rev Cubana Hig Epidemiol [online]. 2008, vol.46, n.2, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1561-3003.
AIM: to give information to the health professionals about general aspects of iodine in the organism, its physiological function, the historical and geoecological aspects related to its deficiency, and the world and national panorama. DEVELOPMENT: an updated review of the national and international literature was made, emphasizing the magnitude and severity of this type of deficiency, its impact on health, and the world and national situation. CONCLUSIONS: it was evidenced the significance of the systematic monitoring of iodine in salt, the urinary excretion, and the surveys on iodized salt consumption, as suitable indicators to diagnose and control iodine nutrition in populations and in the evaluation of programs.
Palabras llave : Iodine; iodine deficiency disorders; epidemiology; goiter; cretini.