Three in ten Punekars have abnormal thyroid hormone levels, says study

Sakal Times
Sunday, 4 March 2018

Pune: Every 3 in 10 Punekars suffer from abnormal thyroid hormone levels, revealed a recent study by Golwilkar Metropolis. A data analysis of over 5,48,259 samples, tested at the sprawling state-of-the-art facility of Golwilkar Metropolis at Pune, between the age group of 0-80 years, over five years, from 2013 to 2017, revealed that 19 per cent of the total samples tested positive for hypothyroidism and 7 per cent tested positive for hyperthyroidism. 

Pune: Every 3 in 10 Punekars suffer from abnormal thyroid hormone levels, revealed a recent study by Golwilkar Metropolis. A data analysis of over 5,48,259 samples, tested at the sprawling state-of-the-art facility of Golwilkar Metropolis at Pune, between the age group of 0-80 years, over five years, from 2013 to 2017, revealed that 19 per cent of the total samples tested positive for hypothyroidism and 7 per cent tested positive for hyperthyroidism. 

Commenting on the study, Dr Sushil Shah, Chairman, Metropolis Healthcare Ltd said thyroid is a common problem in India and about 42 million people in India suffer from some kind of thyroid abnormality.  “For a complete diagnosis, it is important to measure all parameters, including Free T3 and T4. People who form the high-risk category and have symptoms should get tested,” said Shah. 

Doctors from the city noted that Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) is a hormone that controls thyroid function.

There are two conditions - hypothyroidism, also called underactive thyroid or low thyroid, which is a disorder of the endocrine system in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Another condition, hyperthyroidism occurs due to excessive production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland. 

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