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Hypothyroidism is still prevalent in India despite promotion of iodised salt, study shows

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 24 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7693
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

India has a high prevalence of hypothyroidism, which affects one in 10 people, a study says.1 This compares with a prevalence of less than 2% in the United Kingdom and less than 5% in the United States.2 3

The study’s authors express surprise at India’s prevalence because in recent years the government has promoted consumption of iodised salt.

Published in the Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, the study looked at 5360 adults in eight major Indian cities: Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Mumbai, Hyderabad, …

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