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Postmenopausal Vegetarians' Low Serum Ferritin Level May Reduce the Risk for Metabolic Syndrome.
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PMID:  22528775     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The present study was conducted to compare the serum ferritin status between the postmenopausal vegetarians and non-vegetarians and to identify the relation of serum ferritin with metabolic syndrome (MetS) risk factors in postmenopausal women. The two study groups consisted of postmenopausal vegetarians (n = 59) who maintained a vegetarian diet for over 20 years and age-matched non-vegetarian controls (n = 48). Anthropometric measurements, dietary intakes, serum metabolic syndrome-related parameters, and serum ferritin level between the two groups were compared. The vegetarians exhibited significantly lower weight (p < 0.01), body mass index (BMI) (p < 0.001), percentage of body fat (p < 0.001), waist circumference (p < 0.01), SBP (p < 0.001), DBP (p < 0.001), and fasting glucose (p < 0.05). According to the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP)-Adult Treatment Panel III criteria for MetS applying Korean guidelines for waist circumference, the prevalence of MetS was lower in vegetarians (33.9 %) than in non-vegetarians (47.9 %). Vegetarians had significantly lower serum level of ferritin (p < 0.01) than non-vegetarians. In the correlation analysis, serum ferritin was positively related to fasting glucose (r = 0.264, p < 0.01), triglycerides (r = 0.232, p < 0.05), and the NCEP score (r = 0.214, p < 0.05) and negatively related to high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (r = -0.225, p < 0.05) after adjusting for BMI, lifestyle, and dietary factors (animal protein, animal fat, and dietary fiber intake). In conclusion, postmenopausal vegetarians had lower MetS presence and a lower serum ferritin level compared to non-vegetarians. Furthermore, vegetarians' low serum ferritin level may reduce the risk of MetS in postmenopausal women.
Mi-Hyun Kim; Yun Jung Bae
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biological trace element research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1559-0720     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
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Created Date:  2012-4-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7911509     Medline TA:  Biol Trace Elem Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Food and Nutrition, Kangwon National University, Samcheok, 245-711, South Korea,
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