Iodine and Iodine Testing
Iodine plays many different roles in optimizing health and preventing disease. As a result, it is essential that proper Iodine intake is maintained and problems associated with either inadequate or excessive iodine levels are identified. Deficiency in particular has become a global health problem. Accurate diagnosis may often be overlooked because the symptoms overlap with those of other illnesses, perhaps masking the problem.
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Iodine Test in Dried Urine
Day Spring Wellness Center through ZRT Laboratory now offers a test for diagnostic measurements of iodine with the development and application of dried urine testing. Using this simple dried urine test is one of the easiest ways to take control of your health and wellness while understanding the importance of underlying symptoms and your potential risk for iodine deficiency. With the simple, innovative dried urine test, it now only requires a few minutes to collect urine on a filter strip 2 times a day as opposed to the inconvenience of a 24 hour collection that requires a bulky container for collection.
Validation studies in ZRT's laboratory have shown average iodine levels in the dried spot urine, collected from first morning and last night void and dried on a filter strip, are equivalent to iodine levels in a 24 hour urine collection. No 'pouring' of a 24 hr collection into a smaller vial for shipment to the laboratory, nor are special precautions or preservation of the sample required, as iodine and creatinine in the dried sample are exceptionally stable for months at room temperature.
Advantages of Dried Urine for Iodine Testing
Comprehensive Iodine Thyroid Test in Dried Urine and Blood Spot
While measurement of urinary iodine levels may provide useful information on one's iodine nutritional status, iodine sufficiency does not always guarantee that adequate amounts of thyroid hormones will be synthesized by the thyroid gland. Adequate iodine status is essential for the production of normal levels of thyroid hormones and the integrity of thyroid and mammary glands. ZRT has combined the advanced technology of iodine determination in dried urine (DU), with that of thyroid hormone measurements in finger prick dried blood spots (DBS) to create the Comprehensive Iodine Thyroid Test. The Iodine-Thyroid Profile is designed to evaluate not only the availability of iodine, but also its capacity to be utilized for thyroid hormone synthesis. The thyroid glands capacity to utilize iodine for thyroid hormone synthesis is determined by measuring thyroglobulin, TSH, total T4, free T4, free T3, and TPO antibodies in finger-prick whole blood dried on filter paper.
You can download, print and complete the appropriate Symptom Checklist to take to your healthcare provider or to help determine which tests you may desire to purchase (link below).
You can order your test kit through Day Spring Wellness Center. Click the link below to order your test.