Iodine 24 hour loading test
The 24 hour urinary iodine loading test helps to determine iodine deficinency status. The 24 hour test involves being at home for a day collecting urine over a 24 hour period after taking an iodine supplement. This determines the amount of iodine absorbed versus the amount excreted over 24 hours which helps determine deficiency status.
Iodine testing is a used for any suspected iodine deficiency. Iodine deficiency can mimic hypothyroid symptoms but the thyroid function can be low, high or normal in conjunction with iodine deficiency. Who is at risk:
- Those on a low salt diet
- Those who use Himalayan or Sea salt
- Those who dont eat seafood or seaweed in their diet
- Those with hypothyoid symptoms such as feeling the cold, low body temperature, slow digestion, slow heart rate, fatigue, feeling heavy & sluggish, brian fog, tendency to depression, high cholesterol, fluid rentention, inability to lose weight & goitre
- Those with hyperthyroid or hypothyriod
Testing may be warranted when any of the above risk factors are present.
Iodine deficiency is becoming more and more prevalent. With the addition of iodine to table salt, those who avoid table salt may not be getting enough iodine. Iodine deficiency can therefore lead to a multitude of health problems if undetected and is easily treated.
If the testing confirms an iodine deficiency, supplemental levels can be determined from the baseline test. Spot testing of iodine can be done at your doctor to retest after the treatment protocol.
Iodine 24 hour loading test
Testing is usually decided in conjunction with your practitioner to assess the suitability and rationale for any test and follow up treatment. If the benefit outweighs the cost and the test is able to diagnose & help decide treatment then testing is warranted. If a similar test can be done through the health system in conjuction with your doctor then we will refer you to your practicing GP for testing or further follow up following our test.
Test take between 3 to 4 weeks to get returned. Urinary iodine tests are taken at home and kits come with a full set of instructions and courier bag.
Please note this test needs to be done in conjunction with a qualified practitioner and results are returned to a practitioner to be interpreted. We stock these on our website for Apothecary clients information and pricing only. If you have a practitioner and would like to order a test please send us the name and practice of your practitioner so we can fill in the form for them before you receive your test. Please also note we do not keep test kits in stock, any test ordered on your behalf will need to be ordered in and then sent. If you would like to order a test please book a 15 minute consultation with one of our practitioners so we can screen you for the test and book a follow up for your results.