goiter belt

goiter belt

Endocrinology A popular term for an inland region of the US, encompassing the Great Lakes, Midwest, and intermountain regions, where goiter was once common, as diet was based primarily on foods grown on iodine-depleted soil, which triggered the development of goiter. See Colloid nodular goiter.
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Before that, illnesses due to iodine deficiency were widespread throughout the Great Lakes, Appalachians and Northwestern regions--known as the "goiter belt."
"Himalaya's goiter Belt" is World's Biggest Goiter Belt.
Presently, it is estimated that 50% of the population is at the risk of IDD with grave consequences on the national economy.12 The goiter belt of northern areas of Paki- stan (Baltistan, Sakardu, Gilgit, Malakand and Haza- ra division of NWFP, the state of AJK and northern part of Punjab) is one of world's most severely endemic areas,11 where the goiter rates in school children and women are as high as 80 90%.
public health officials to dub the Great Lakes area "the goiter belt."
Michigan resides in the Goiter Belt of the United States where the soil is deficient in iodine.
India has the world's biggest goiter belt in sub-Himalayan region.
This area is considered to be a goiter belt. One of the major problems that we encounter in this location is a problem with hypothyroidism.
A similar cretinism is the cause of a high death rate among lambs, calves, colts, and puppies in our American goiter belts. If the iodine deficiency is of lower degree it will manifest itself in the form of simple goiter and is promptly curable by iodine.