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  • Sunday, December, 2019| Today's Market | Current Time: 01:41:58
  • Gurgaon: This year, ahead of World Thyroid Day, the Indian Thyroid Society and Abbott India Limited want to create awareness that not just adults but even new born babies are increasingly affected from thyroid disorders.

    Untreated thyroid disorders are very common and it is estimated that 4.2 crore Indians1 are suffering from thyroid disorders with almost 90% undiagnosed.2 The identified area of concern is congenital hypothyroidism, a condition attacking huge number of newborns in the country. A recent regional Indian study shows that congenital hypothyroidism is affecting 1 in 2500 newborns3.

    In order to create a wider awareness and timely diagnosis of thyroid disorders and co-morbidities associated with it, 40, 000 patients will be examined through 700 thyroid testing camps held across the country ahead of World Thyroid Day this year.

    According to Dr. R V Jayakumar, President of The Indian Thyroid Society (ITS), “Lower child IQ is often the direct result of undiagnosed and untreated thyroid conditions. In order to avoid health complications it is important to go for a regular thyroid checkup. Most important all the expectant mothers should undergo thyroid testing as soon as pregnancy gets confirmed as thyroid disorder during pregnancy may affect the mother and the developing fetus. Think Thyroid, Think Life.”

    Congenital Hypothyroidism is a metabolic disorder in the newborn and is one of the major causes of preventable mental retardation. Realizing the importance of early detection, the medical fraternity is now emphasizing on the need of screening for thyroid disorders at birth.

    Dr. S K Wangnoo, Senior Consultant, Apollo Centre for Obesity, Diabetes and Endocrinology says, “Congenital hypothyroidism must be diagnosed at the right time. If this is not done it can lead to neurological and developmental disabilities later. Since early diagnosis is the only solution, I believe the need of the hour is for doctors to educate parents regarding the significance of TSH thyroid testing for their babies at birth. Any form of early diagnosis and treatment can save the child from developing serious health issues later in life. In a country like India where follow-up at home post discharge is difficult, tests like cord blood testing is the most practical solution. Continuous efforts are underway across India to screen as many newborns as possible at birth.”

    At some centers heel blood testing of neonates is practiced as well. Thyroid disorders can be medically managed with effective treatment. This results not just in the management of symptoms but also in improving the quality of life of patients. The challenge ahead is to increase awareness of effective diagnosis at the right time. Think thyroid-Think Life!

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