Iodine Nutritional Status of School Children in Nauru 2015
AbstractLittle is known about iodine nutritional status in island countries in the Pacific Ocean. The primary objective of this study was to report for the first time the iodine nutritional status of people in Nauru. In addition, sources of iodine nutrition (i.e., water and salt) were investigated. A school-based cross-sectional survey of children aged 6–12 years was conducted in three primary schools of Nauru. Urinary iodine concentration (UIC) was determined by spot urine samples. Available water and salt samples in Nauru were collected for the measurement of iodine content. A food frequency questionnaire was conducted. The median UIC was 142 μg/L, and 25.2% and 7.4% of the population had median UIC below 100 μg/L and 50 μg/L, respectively. Natural iodine-containing foods such as seaweeds and agar were rare. Iodine was undetectable in Nauruan tank water, filtered tap water, and raindrops. Of the analyzed salt products, five kinds were non-iodized, and three were iodized (iodine content: 15 ppm, 65 ppm, and 68 ppm, respectively). The results indicate that the iodine status in Nauruan school children is adequate. Iodized salt may serve as an important source of iodine nutrition in Nauru. View Full-Text
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Huang, C.-J.; Tseng, C.-L.; Chen, H.-S.; Garabwan, C.; Korovo, S.; Tang, K.-T.; Won, J.G.-S.; Hsieh, C.-H.; Wang, F.-F. Iodine Nutritional Status of School Children in Nauru 2015. Nutrients 2016, 8, 520.
Huang C-J, Tseng C-L, Chen H-S, Garabwan C, Korovo S, Tang K-T, Won JG-S, Hsieh C-H, Wang F-F. Iodine Nutritional Status of School Children in Nauru 2015. Nutrients. 2016; 8(9):520.Chicago/Turabian Style
Huang, Chun-Jui; Tseng, Chi-Lung; Chen, Harn-Shen; Garabwan, Chanda; Korovo, Samuela; Tang, Kam-Tsun; Won, Justin G.-S.; Hsieh, Chang-Hsun; Wang, Fan-Fen. 2016. "Iodine Nutritional Status of School Children in Nauru 2015." Nutrients 8, no. 9: 520.
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