AVOCA STREET MEDICAL CENTRE
130 Avoca Street Randwick NSW 2031
Tel: 02 9399 3335 - Fax: 02 9399 9778

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Message from your GPs


Angela


Kien


We are open our usual hours.

In the interests of patient and staff safety, only vaccinated patients will be seen in-person at the practice. If you have not yet obtained your vaccination, we can look after you via telehealth.

If you have any symptoms including sore throat, fever, cough or runny nose, please call and book a telehealth consult.

Children under 12 will be seen as required (accompanying parents must be fully vaccinated).

We will continue to run vaccination clinics under strict settings.

Stay safe, and do call 93993335 if you have further enquiries.

Mandy


Priscilla

THANK YOU

A big thank you to all our clients for providing feedbacks in our recent survey.

Your contributions have been very helpful to our endeavour to improve our services to you.

On behalf on Avoica Street Medical Centre,

Dr Kien

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Iodine Facts

Iodine is an essential trace element and an integral component of thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones are required for normal growth and development of tissues and maturation of our bodies. Iodine deficiency is the most common preventable cause of mental retardation in the world; obtaining iodine through the food supply is therefore paramount. Iodine deficiency has re-emerged in Australia with the introduction of new practices of sanitization in the dairy industry and a decline in use and consumption of iodised salt.

Iodine Deficiency
Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) refer to a number of disorders whereby iodine deficiency has an effect on growth and development. Such IDD include:

Goiter: Very low levels of iodine intake (50g/day) are associated with goiter, which presents as an enlarged thyroid gland. Other symptoms include dry skin, fatigue and hair loss.

Cretinism: Severe iodine deficiency (30g/day) during pregnancy can lead to cretinism in infants. This syndrome is characterized by mental deficiency, Spastic Diplegia, deaf mutism and shortened stature.

Food sources of Iodine
Sources of iodine include seafood, iodised table salt and bread.

The iodine content of plants and vegetables is dependent on the environment and soil in which they are grown.

Marine sources: marine foods, including regular fish (e.g. tinned salmon) and shell fish (e.g. oysters) are the best sources of iodine.

Dairy: historically, dairy foods contained high levels of iodine due to the sanitisers used in dairy processing which contained iodophors. These sanitisation techniques have been phased out of the processes now involved in sterilisation of dairy equipment. As a result, dairy today has reduced levels of iodine and is a less reliable iodine source.

Salt: In Australia, iodide fortified salt contains high levels of iodine. However, use of iodised salt has been reduced due to increased awareness of the association between high salt consumption and hypertension.

Bread: As of October 2009, Australian bakers are required to replace regular salt with iodised salt in the baking of bread. Prepackaged breads must list iodised salt as an ingredient on product labels, however, unpackaged bread does not require such labelling. Bakers are required to provide information regarding the use of iodised salt to customers on request.

Supplementation: Pregnant and breast feeding women may require iodine supplementation, though consultation with a doctor is recommended before commencing a supplementation program.

Table 1. Iodine content of common foods:
FoodIodine content (g per 100g)
Oysters160
Sushi (containing seaweed)92
Tinned salmon60
Bread (made with iodised salt)46
Steamed snapper40
Cheddar cheese23
Eggs22
Ice cream21
Chocolate milk20
Flavoured Yoghurt16
Regular milk13
Tinned tuna10
Bread (without iodised salt)3
Beef, pork, lamb<1.5
Tap water (varies depending on site)0.5-20.0
Apples, oranges, grapes, bananas<0.5


Table 2: Iodine recommendations in Australia and New Zealand
Age and GenderRecommended daily intake
1-8yrs boys and girls90g/day
9-13yrs boys and girls120 g/day
14-18yrs boys and girls150g/day
19->70yrs men150g/day
19->70yrs women150g/day
Pregnancy220g/day
Lactation270 g/day


Source : nutritionaustralia.org


The information in the above were collected from the internet,
either from government websites or from reasonably reliable health information sources.
They are for general information only and should not replace the need of seeking medical care during illnesses.

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