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Volume 5, Issue 3, May 2016, Page: 224-233
Evaluation of Nutritional Status and Heavy Metals Toxicity for Asthmatic Children
Ghada M. El-Kherbawy, Department of Food Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt
Amany A. Salem, Special Food and Nutrition Department, Food Technology Research Institute, ARC, Giza, Egypt
Mona S. Mahklouf, Consltant Paediatrician, Pediatric Department, Al- Galaa El-Teaching Hospital, Cairo, Egypt
Received: Apr. 27, 2016;       Accepted: May 12, 2016;       Published: May 27, 2016
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijnfs.20160503.21      View  4331      Downloads  197
The present study aimed to investigate blood heavy metals toxicity for asthmatic children and their nutritional status. One hundred children suffering asthma attending the Al-Galaa Teaching Hospital during winter were enrolled in the study. Data was collected by personal interview with their mothers to fill a special questionnaire sheet (socioeconomic and clinical characteristics, anthropometric measurements and 24h dietary recall). Results showed most parents had (10–12 years) of education levels. The majority of fathers were smoking at the same room with their children. All children had high blood levels of lead (B-Pb) and cadmium (B-Cd). Most children were intake less than 50% of DRI from fiber, vitamins (A, D, B1 and B2) and minerals (K and Mg). There were a negative significant correlation between B-Pb and both Hb and animal protein (r = 0.312 and r = 278, P ˂0.05, respectively). There were a significant correlation between B-Cd and bilirubin (r = -0.381, P ˂0.05). Also, there were adverse significant correlation between plasma K and both urea and creatinine (P ˂0.01). It is concluded preventing heavy metals poisoning in early childhood is an essential component of strategy to improve the health success.
Children, Nutritional Status, Heavy Metals, Asthma, Dietary Intake, Liver and Kidney Function
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Ghada M. El-Kherbawy, Amany A. Salem, Mona S. Mahklouf, Evaluation of Nutritional Status and Heavy Metals Toxicity for Asthmatic Children, International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2016, pp. 224-233. doi: 10.11648/j.ijnfs.20160503.21
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