Year : 2010  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 46-47

Iodine number: A new marker for health

1 Department of Biochemistry, Aarupadai Veedu Medical College and Hospital, Puducherry - 607402, India
2 Department of Biochemistry, Vinayaka Missions University, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

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P Padmanaban
Department of Biochemistry, Aarupadai Veedu Medical College and Hospital, Kirumampakkam, Pondy-Cuddalore Main Road, Puducherry - 607 402, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5186.76987

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Correlation of health with the extent of saturation of dietary oils is at best indirect. Our study involved associating the extent of saturation of plasma lipids directly with disease, namely diabetes mellitus. Our aim was to evaluate the significance of the iodine number of plasma lipids in health and disease (diabetes mellitus). A cross-sectional study was conducted in Puducherry involving diabetics and healthy controls. Iodine number was used as the prime variable in this experiment. Iodine number was found to be reduced in the cases (P<0.0005) than in the controls. Iodine number or iodine value has immense potential to be called as a new marker, but further studies are needed to substantiate this claim.

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