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Ethnic variance in iron status: is it related to dietary intake?
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PMID:  19087385     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: In New Zealand (NZ), Fe deficiency (ID) is present in 14% of children aged <2 years. Prevalence varies with ethnicity (NZ European 7%, Pacific 17%, Maori 20%). We describe dietary Fe intake, how this varies with ethnicity and whether intake predicts Fe status. DESIGN: A random sample of children aged 6-23 months. Usual Fe intake and dietary sources were estimated from 2 d weighed food records. Associations were determined between adequacy of Fe intake, as measured by the Estimated Average Requirement (EAR), and ID. SUBJECTS: Sampling was stratified by ethnicity. Dietary and blood analysis data were available for 247 children. RESULTS: The median daily Fe intake was 8.3 mg (age 6-11 months) and 6.3 mg (age 12-23 months). Breast milk and milk formulas (median 58%; age 6-11 months), and cereals (41%) and fruit and vegetables (17%; age 12-23 months), were the predominant dietary sources of Fe. Fe intake was below the EAR for 25% of the children. Not meeting the EAR increased the risk of ID for children aged 6-11 months (relative risk = 18.45, 95% CI 3.24, 100.00) and 12-23 months (relative risk = 4.95, 95% CI 1.59, 15.41). In comparison with NZ European, Pacific children had a greater daily Fe intake (P = 0.04) and obtained a larger proportion of Fe from meat and meat dishes (P = 0.02). CONCLUSIONS: A significant proportion of young NZ children have inadequate dietary Fe intake. This inadequate intake increases the risk of ID. Ethnic differences in Fe intake do not explain the increased risk of ID for Pacific children.
Clare R Wall; Deborah R Brunt; Cameron C Grant
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-12-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health nutrition     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1475-2727     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Nutr     Publication Date:  2009 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-08-06     Completed Date:  2009-11-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808463     Medline TA:  Public Health Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1413-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Discipline of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Wellesley Street, Auckland, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Biological Availability
Diet Records
Ethnic Groups / statistics & numerical data
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / physiology*
Intestinal Absorption
Iron / deficiency*,  metabolism*
Iron, Dietary / administration & dosage*,  pharmacokinetics
Nutritional Requirements
Nutritional Status / ethnology*
Risk Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Iron, Dietary; 7439-89-6/Iron

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