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Iodine deficiency disorders and their prevention in India

  • N. Kochupillai
  • Manju Mehta
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Abstract

New insights on the high prevalence of functional decompensation of the thyroid among newborn and children from several states of India as well as neighbouring countries of Nepal and Bhutan helped to prevent nutritional iodine deficiency and iodine deficiency disorders through country-wide iodized salt prophylaxis. Presently on the basis of scientific studies, salt iodization in India is saving millions of children from neonatal hypothyroidism related psycho-physical retardation.

Keywords

Iodine Hypothyroidism Cretinism India 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Medical ResearchM. S. Ramaiah Medical College and HospitalsBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryAll India Institute of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia

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