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Title: Zinc Nutritional Status of Preschool Children in Riyadh City
Authors: Ali A. Alshatwi
Keywords: Zinc, zinc deficiency; pre-school children, serum zinc
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Asian Network for Scientific Information
Abstract: Zinc (Zn) status of 178 children was evaluated using biochemical and dietary measure. Dietary zinc intake ranged between 2.15 and 10.7 mg/day at age 2-3 years, and 1.21 and 15.6 mg/day at age 4-6 years with an overall sample mean of 5.6 and 5.8 mg/day, respectively. Dietary zinc intake assessment showed that 22% of the studied sample consumed less than the dietary reference intake at age 2-3 years, and 40% at age 4-6 years. Plasma zinc ranged between 6.7 and 18.7 µmol/L with an overall sample mean of 12.1 µmol/L. Moreover, nearly eighteen (18.3) percent of all of children had serum zinc concentrations below 10.0 µM/L (6 µg/dL) and only 3.3% had serum zinc concentrations below 7.7 µM/L. The dietary records and the concentrations of Zn in plasma used in this study suggesting there is risk of Zn deficiency in pre-school supplementation is recommended, mainly for individuals who are at risk of zinc depletion.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/9883
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