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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 147

Turmeric use is associated with reduced goitrogenesis: Thyroid disorder prevalence in Pakistan


Department of Endocrinology, SZABMU, PIMS, Islamabad, Pakistan

Date of Web Publication21-Dec-2015

Correspondence Address:
Ali Jawa
Department of Endocrinology, SZABMU, PIMS, Islamabad
Pakistan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2230-8210.172246

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Jawa A, Jawad A, Riaz SH, Assir MZ, Akram J. Turmeric use is associated with reduced goitrogenesis: Thyroid disorder prevalence in Pakistan. Indian J Endocr Metab 2016;20:147

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Jawa A, Jawad A, Riaz SH, Assir MZ, Akram J. Turmeric use is associated with reduced goitrogenesis: Thyroid disorder prevalence in Pakistan. Indian J Endocr Metab [serial online] 2016 [cited 2019 Aug 20];20:147. Available from: http://www.ijem.in/text.asp?2016/20/1/147/172246

Sir,

This is in response to the letter to the editor by Elahi et al., titled “Reluctance in use of iodized salt for elimination of iodine deficiency” to our original article titled “Turmeric use is associated with reduced goitrogenesis: Thyroid disorder prevalence in Pakistan.”[1] The comments by Elahi et al., that we have suggested the use of turmeric “instead” of iodized salt are misleading and far from the truth.[2] For the sake of clarity, I would like to paraphrase the relevant discussion part of our original article: “Owing to the limitation of resources, we did not assess iodide sufficiency, thiocyanate exposure and autoimmunity in this study. The underlying assumption is that there is significant iodine deficiency among the subjects screened. However, we need objective data in the populace, including children and pregnant women. It would be interesting to see the urinary iodide thiocyanate excretion and autoimmunity state in subjects in future studies.

Our study findings have important real life implications. Advising people to avoid goitrogen containing food is impractical. However, if we can educate them to incorporate turmeric, spices and green chilies in their cooking recipes, we can reduce the risk of goiter development. In addition, use of iodized salt in their daily diet cannot be overemphasized."

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1.
Jawa A, Jawad A, Riaz SH, Assir MZ, Chaudhary AW, Zakria M, et al. Turmeric use is associated with reduced goitrogenesis: Thyroid disorder prevalence in Pakistan (THYPAK) study. Indian J Endocrinol Metab 2015;19:347-50.   Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Elahi S, Syed Z, Saleem N, Rizvi NB. Reluctance in use of iodized salt for elimination of iodine deficiency. Indian J Endocrinol Metab 2015;19:534-5.  Back to cited text no. 2
    




 

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