Could mother's iodine deficiency lead to lower child IQ?
It’s a hot topic: the relation between a mother’s lack of iodine and her child’s IQ. But how does it all work? Iodine 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. Iodine is found in various foods, such as fish, milk, meat and nuts. In the Netherlands iodine is added to salt. But also then, there can still be a risk of iodine deficiency, for example because a change in our diet. Or when you’re pregnant and need more iodine. If you do not have enough iodine in your body, you cannot make enough thyroid hormone. Research shows this can lead to a lower IQ in children whose mothers were iodine deficient during pregnancy. Would you like to know more? Reserve your spot for the presentation of the young talented researcher Tim Korevaar. He unveils the latest scientific insights and discusses new EU studies on the negative effects of iodine deficiency.