Editor's Correspondence
January 14, 2002

Iodized Salt and Hypertension

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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(1):104-105. doi:

There are few public health interventions that have produced the degree of benefit as iodized salt prophylaxis. It is a well-recognized intervention for the prevention of iodine deficiency disorders such as thyroid dysfunction, impaired mental and physical development, loss of energy, and prenatal and infant mortality. We are concerned, however, that this successful intervention may be compromised if emphasis is not placed on the beneficial role iodine plays in human health, particularly with respect to cardiovascular function.

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