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Title: Dietary goitrogens and prevalence of goitre in Sri Lanka
Authors: Pinto, M. D. P.
Fernando, R.
Pathmeswaran, A.
Premathilake, M.
Fernando, T.
Edirisinghe, D.
Bandara, D.
Athulugama, N.
Abeysinghe, S.
Keywords: Dietary goitrogens
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: The College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka
Citation: The Annual Sessions of the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka.2011, P. 193.
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship between dietary goitrogens and the prevalence of goiter. METHODS:A descriptive cross-sectional study on the prevalence of goitre was conducted involving all areas of the country, except North and Batticaloa district from December 2006 to June 2007. A pre-tested interviewer administered questionnaire was used on all participants as a screening tool. Consumption of 6 possible dietary goitrogens was assessed. Sufficient frequency of consumption was taken as consumption >3 times a week. Pearson's chi-square test was used to analyze the significance of dietary goitrogens to the prevalence of goiter. RESULTS: 5200 participants were assessed (n=5200) island wide and 426 were detected with goitre. Mean age for occurrence of goitre was 36.3(+_17.3) years. Frequency of consumption of these food items was low, none being higher than 10% among the 5200 participants. Consumption of each goitrogen was as follows; Cabbage "[2.9%], Lima beans [9.9%], Kurakkan (Millet) [4%], Turnip [2.9%], Manioc(Cassava) [2.2%] and Peanuts [5.5%]. All six dietary goitrogens showed no significant association with the occurrence of goitre (p<0 05).CONCLUSION:Dietary goitrogens do not appear to have an association with prevalence of goitre in this cohort. As this cohort is a representative sample, dietary goitrogens are unlikely to be associated with prevalence of goitre in Sri Lanka.
Description: Poster Presentation Abstract (37),40th Annual Academic Sessions of the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka jointly held with Federation of associations of Paediatric surgeons of SAARC countries and the royal college of surgeons of Edinburgh,24th -27th August 2011 Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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