Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Day 2015 date is October 21.
Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) is one of the most preventable and prevailing micronutrient deficiencies which mainly affect small children and pregnant women. This very serious issue can even result in brain disorders and low mental development among the people and hence it has become important to make the world aware about the Iodine Deficiency Disorders and the problems associated with it. The Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Day does just the thing by making the people aware of it and taking steps towards educating the people and introducing healthy eating habits which helps to get closer towards a world with minimal number of people who suffers because they haven’t got the adequate amount of the micronutrient in their diet.
The Iodine deficiency Disorder Day specifically calls the attention of the people towards the problems, disorders and the prevention of the deficiency associated with this very important micro nutrient. This day, which is dedicated towards decreasing the rate of the IDD around the world and in creating a world with no one who suffers because they are deficient in iodine is very important in today's world as the Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Day does it share in bringing down IDD.
The global iodine Deficiency disorder Day is an awareness campaign to educate the people on how hard the effects of iodine deficiency can fall on you if you are not careful enough. The observation of Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Day also helps to slowly irradiate off this very uncomplicated yet serious deficiency disorder from the globe.
If you think that iodine deficiency cannot lead to any serious problem, then you have got it wrong. The Iodine deficiency disorder is indeed a serious condition has affected more than millions of children, pregnant women and the poor people just because they were not aware of their diet and were having an iodine deficient or imbalanced diet. The deficiency of iodine not just causes Goitre; it also causes stunted growth, low mental development and brain damage in people. The deficiency in women while she was carrying can result in a child with physical and mental retardation or sometime may even result in stillbirth or abortion. Though IDD has lowered in number over the years due to iodisation of salt and awareness programs, even today one sixth of the world population is still under risk of the disorder and the ratio is even more in the poor and striving countries like Africa and India.
Iodine Deficiency Disorder has been up to an extent managed by universal iodisation of common salt. This well thought of program has very well helped in reducing the incidence of iodine deficiency disorders and goitre which is being caused due to the low dietary intake of iodine through fruits, vegetables and sea food. Reduce in the amount of iodine in foodstuff may in turn be due to the low amount if the micronutrient in the soil or due to imbalanced and poor diet. But even though the iodisation program has been globally welcome, there are still many places where the salt is not adequately iodised or not iodised or tested at all.
To prevent the iodine deficiency, it is very important to educate the people about the Iodine Deficiency Disorders that they and their kids might get if not careful about their diet and nutrition. They can also be educated on the food stuff rich in iodine and the best way to ensure that they are having a balanced diet. The poor should also be educated. They should know that it is not always a costly foodstuff that can make them healthy, a chart of the best affordable and nutritive food items can be given to them so they can easily get all they want without losing much of their money to stay healthy.
Pregnant women especially should be given care and should be made aware of what and why she should be careful of her diet. The hospitals and the nursing units in the developing and the underdeveloped countries should take part in the awareness program which can reduce disorders and retardation.
Educate the world on having iodised salt and iodine rich food stuff like fish oil, fish and vegetables. Make the world know how serious they are as a tiny amount of iodine can take their life.
Awareness programs, talk show and photo exhibits can all help in reducing the Iodine Deficiency Disorder around the world.