A Study on Goitre Prevalence and Knowledge and Use of Iodised Salt in South Orissa


Affiliations

  • M.K.C.G. Medical College, Department of Community Medicine, Orissa, India

Abstract

Iodine is an essential element in the chemical structure of thyroid hormones. The human body requires around 150 μg of iodine everyday, which works out to be a teaspoonful (5g) over a life span of seventy years. Iodine deficiency leads to a reduction in the secretion of these hormones and it is the most common cause of preventable brain damage. WHO estimates that 2.2 billion people are at risk in 130 countries.

Subject Discipline

Health Care and Hospital Management

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