Towards the Elimination of Iodine Deficiency
Iodine deficiency (ID) is the world’s leading cause of thyroid disorders and the single most important and preventable cause of brain damage. For adolescents and, particularly, for young women, even mild-to-moderate ID during pregnancy is related to neurocognitive impairment in the offspring. Therefore, EUthyroid as an EU-funded public health research project targets the elimination of ID and preventable thyroid-related diseases in Europe becoming the benchmark of ID prevention worldwide.
EUthyroid has conducted an in-depth analysis of ID in European populations and provided the first European network for collection and dissemination of ID-related information across Europe.
By harmonizing national and regional surveys, EUthyroid has set up the first joint European database from registry-based outcome data related to iodine status in Europe to provide a reliable view of the status of iodine-related disorders in Europe.
Time period: June 2015 – May 2018
After uncovering low awareness on the importance of iodine for healthy living within the frame of EUthyroid, the main objective of EUthyroid2 is to fill important gaps in the prevention of iodine deficiency in Europe and beyond.
An important step is the improvement of that low awareness with respect to iodine-related risks in adolescents and young women.
Time period: January 2023 – December 2026