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Erythrocytary zinc and the infant growth profile in northeast Brazil.
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PMID:  18758691     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study evaluated nutritional status linked to zinc levels in 239 randomly selected children at crèches in Teresina, Brazil, aged 3 to 6. Blood samples were collected after fasting of 10 h. Erythrocytary zinc levels were determined through flame atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Zinc deficiency was determined as below 40 microg Zn/g Hb. Infant linear growth was evaluated measuring weight and height, and nutritional status by height/age, weight/height, and weight/age indices, expressed as Z scores, in line with the National Center for Health Statistics. The mean zinc concentration was 35.50 +/- 10.95 microg Zn/g Hb. Zinc distribution in the 10, 50, 75, and 90 percentiles was 24.73 microg Zn/g Hb, 35.45 microg Zn/g Hb, 40.73 microg Zn/g Hb and 52.77 microg Zn/g Hb, respectively. Based on this distribution, normal values were found only from the 75th percentile and above. Since the cutoff point adopted was 40 microg Zn/g Hb, the prevalence of zinc deficiency was 74.3%. As for growth profile, 8.4% were chronically malnourished, although the statistical association between linear impairment and nutritional status regarding zinc was insignificant. The study revealed that an important segment of the infant population was mineral deficient; however, the degree of deficiency did not influence growth profiles.
Gildene Alves da Costa; Dilina do Nascimento Marreiro; Juliana Maria Libório Eulálio; José Machado Moita Neto; Amanda Castro Amorim; Apolônia Maria Tavares Nogueira; Semíramis Jamil Hadad do Monte; Nadir do Nascimento Nogueira
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-08-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biological trace element research     Volume:  126 Suppl 1     ISSN:  1559-0720     ISO Abbreviation:  Biol Trace Elem Res     Publication Date:  2008 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-05     Completed Date:  2009-01-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7911509     Medline TA:  Biol Trace Elem Res     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S15-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
Federal University of Piauí (UFPI), Teresina, PI, Brazil.
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MeSH Terms
Body Height
Body Weight
Child, Preschool
Cross-Sectional Studies
Erythrocytes / chemistry*
Growth and Development*
Nutritional Status
Zinc / blood*
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