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Iodine deficiency in Australia: is iodine supplementation for pregnant and lactating women warranted?

Shao J Zhou, Sheila A Skeaff, Philip Ryan and Maria Makrides
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (5): 309-311.
Published online: 6 September 2010

To the Editor: We disagree with the opinion expressed by Gallego and colleagues that Australian “women planning a pregnancy and pregnant and lactating women should be advised to take an iodine supplement”,1 and offer two reasons to support our view.

  • Shao J Zhou1
  • Sheila A Skeaff2
  • Philip Ryan3
  • Maria Makrides1

  • 1 Child Nutrition Research Centre, Women’s and Children’s Health Research Institute, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 Department of Human Nutrition, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
  • 3 Discipline of Public Health, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.


Competing interests:

We are chief investigators of the NHMRC-funded multicentre RCT, which investigates the effect of iodine supplementation in pregnancy on neurodevelopment of children and general health and wellbeing of mothers. The supplements used in the trial are manufactured and donated to the trial by Blackmores.

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