Vitamin A and E status of some rural populations in the north of Cameroon.
The vitamin A and E status was evaluated in 279 volunteer subjects, 3 to 75 years old (131 males and 148 females) from 8 villages in the north of Cameroon by fluorimetric methods.
The results obtained showed that :
The mean serum vitamin A level was 16.6±0.7 mug% (ranging from 2.1 to 69.3 mug%) and vitamin E, 499.9±19.3 mug% (ranging from 222.7 to 1895.1 mug%) ; the percentage deficiency of vitamin A among the subjects was 71.7% and that of vitamin E was 66% (vitamin A levels<20 mug/100 ml, vitamin E levels<500 mug/100 ml) ; children ofages ranging from 3 to 15 years, constituted about 50% of the subjects and were significantly deficient in vitamin A (P<0.001).
Significant correlation was observed between the serum levels of vitamin A and E (P<0.001).
The results from this study revealed that vitamin A and E deficiencies vary from one village to another and constitute one of the major public health problems in the area.
Mots-clés Pascal : Etat nutritionnel, Rétinol, alpha-Tocophérol, Déficit, Cameroun, Afrique, Nutrition, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Nutritional status, Retinol, alpha-Tocopherol, Deficiency, Cameroon, Africa, Nutrition, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0124841
Code Inist : 002A16D06. Création : 22/06/1998.