Bangalore city tops the chart in hypothyroidism prevalence

In a multi-city research finding carried out by Abbott India in various parts of Bangalore city, Bangalore topped the charts in having highest prevalence of hypothyroidism cases compared to other cities including Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.

A total of 867 patients were studied out of the 868 who enrolled for the screening in thirteen enrollment camps across Bangalore. Out of which, 9.23 percent of the study population from Bangalore were found to have hypothyroidism, and shockingly, 3.81 percent of the patients were not aware of their hypothyroidism condition.

The study findings were revealed on November 18, 2013, by Abbott India, as published in the July 2013 edition of the Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Dr Arun Vadavi, consultant physician - ‘Sudha' The Prevention Centre, Bangalore, and study investigator for Bangalore, and Dr A G Unnikrishnan, principal investigator of the study and CEO and endocrinologist, Chellaram Diabetes Institute, Pune, presented the research findings to the audience.

Talking about hypothyroidism symptoms, Dr Unnikrishnan added, "The common symptoms in hypothyroidism includes weight gain, dry skin, tiredness & fatigue, hair loss in women, depression, irregular menstruation, infertility problem in conceiving,and increased cholesterol level, which accelerates heart diseases. Hypothyroidism can be supplemented by thyroid hormone tablets."

Thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland producing two kinds of hormones: T3 and T4. The gland regulates the body's entire energy levels, accesses organs and their functions, maintains body's growth and development, and as well as coordinate with other hormones.


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