A six-month “Diet and Biomarkers Study” conducted by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)-National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad, Department of Health and Research, government of India is underway across Nagaland.
Extending support to the study, Indian Council of Agricultural Research-National Research Centre (ICAR-NRC) on Mithun, Medziphema, in a press statement, informed that the study focuses on assessing the nutritional status and prevalence of anaemia and micronutrient deficiency across various demographic groups in India.
In Nagaland, ICAR-NRC on Mithun said the study commenced on January 2024 and would span six months, targeting 100 villages per district from six randomly selected districts.
The data collection process involves two teams comprising 26 members, including medical officers, nutritionists, lab technicians, social workers, and anthropologists. Information collected encompasses household details, socioeconomic factors, young child feeding practices, noncommunicable diseases, 24-hour dietary intake, diet samples, and blood samples for micronutrient analysis. The analysis includes parameters such as hemoglobin, fasting blood glucose, and vitamin A levels, alongside lipid profiling.
Director, ICAR-NRC on Mithun, Dr. Girish Patil, S acknowledged the pivotal role of the study in understanding and addressing nutritional challenges. The programme is led by deputy director, Dr. J. Sreenisvasa Rao and assistant director, Dr. Pradeep Bhatu Patil, from ICMR-NIN, Hyderabad.
The study in Nagaland was conducted by ICMR-NIN in partnership with the department of Health and Family Welfare, Kohima Medical Hospital, ICAR-NRC Mithun, and Referral Hospital Dimapur.