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Nutritional status in pregnant adolescents: a systematic review of biochemical markers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17355441     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Adolescent pregnancy is a major public health challenge for many industrialized countries and is associated with significant medical, nutritional, social and economic risk for mothers and their infants. Despite this, relatively little is known about the nutritional status of this population. The aim of this paper was to conduct a systematic review of the current evidence relating to the biochemical markers of nutritional status of pregnant adolescents living in industrialized countries. Six papers were identified that fulfilled the inclusion criteria, the majority of which were conducted in the United States. The studies were of variable quality and most failed to control for potential confounders which may have strongly influenced the findings. Due to limited research, conclusions cannot be drawn about the zinc and calcium status of pregnant adolescents, and data on folate and vitamin B(12) status appeared conflicting. There was some consensus among studies, however, to suggest that indicators of anaemia and iron status were compromised in pregnant adolescents, particularly during the third trimester of pregnancy. Chronological age did not appear to influence nutritional status, although there was some evidence to suggest that increasing gynaecologic age may positively influence plasma ferritin levels. Current research is limited by sampling and measurement bias, and research is urgently required to address these limitations. Further consideration should also be made of the influence of the role of socio-economic support on pregnant adolescents' nutritional status. The achievement of improved nutrition in pregnancy among adolescents requires multidisciplinary collaborations of adolescent healthcare providers, academics, professional organizations, policymakers, industry and service users. Only once this is achieved can adolescent nutrition, and adolescent nutrition in pregnancy, be significantly and sustainably optimized.
Victoria Hall Moran
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Maternal & child nutrition     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1740-8695     ISO Abbreviation:  Matern Child Nutr     Publication Date:  2007 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-14     Completed Date:  2007-06-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101201025     Medline TA:  Matern Child Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  74-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit, Faculty of Health, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Biological Markers / blood
Child Nutrition Sciences*
Health Surveys
Nutritional Status / physiology*
United States
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0/Biological Markers

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