Study Reveals Overestimation of Anaemia Prevalence in India

This study, led by Dr. Anura Kurpad from St. John’s Medical College, Bengaluru, indicates that the prevalence of anaemia in India may have been previously overestimated due to the use of diagnostic criteria based on a healthy Western population. The study, involving over 4,600 participants across eight states, suggests a new haemoglobin diagnostic cut-off lower than the current WHO values. This has implications for the management and understanding of anaemia in India, highlighting the need for revised diagnostic criteria and targeted interventions for high-risk groups.

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