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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1334-1340

Prevalence of goiter and associated factors among pregnant mothers residing in a district with poor socioeconomic status in Rajasthan state, India

1 Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Banasthali University, Banasthali, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Human Nutrition, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Community and Family Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

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Dr. Jyoti Vijay
Banasthali University, P.O. Banasthali Vidyapith, Banasthali - 304 022, Rajasthan
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DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_150_18

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Background: National survey documented that none of the Indian state is free from iodine deficiency (ID). Hence, the study was conducted with the objective to assess prevalence of goiter and associated factors among pregnant mothers (PMs) in a backward district of Indian state, Rajasthan. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted during January to March 2015. Multistage random sampling was utilized to select PMs. A total of 1,183 villages were enlisted with their respective population, and 30 villages were selected using population proportionate to size sampling. Subjects were included from a cluster till the numbers reached to 17. PMs were clinically examined for goiter by palpation method. Casual urine (n = 226) and salt samples (n = 220), were collected from a subgroup of subjects, and iodine concentrations were analyzed by using wet digestion and iodometric titration methods, respectively. Results: The prevalence of goiter was found to be 14.2% (95% CI; 11.2–17.2). Goiter prevalence did not significantly differ with respect to trimesters of pregnancy (P = 0.09), iodine content in salt (P = 0.8), and urinary iodine concentrations (UIC, P = 0.69). The median UIC was 174 μg/L (IQR; 116–300 μg/L), which indicated adequate iodine intake. There was higher prevalence of goiter in PMs consuming salt with inadequate iodine than those with adequate, which was not significant (P = 0.8). Goiter prevalence was also insignificantly higher among PMs with UIC <150 μg/L than those with UIC ≥150 μg/L (P = 0.69). Conclusion: The study population is in transition phase from mild ID (goiter prevalence 14.1%) to sufficiency (median UIC 174 μg/L).

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