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[News item] New Testing Strategy Detects Population-Wide Vitamin, Mineral Deficiencies

Prevalence of vitamin A deficiency. Red is mos...

Prevalence of vitamin A deficiency. Red is most severe (clinical), green least severe. Countries not reporting data are coded blue. Source: WHO (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


From the 24 October 2013 ScienceDaily article


Johns Hopkins researchers have demonstrated that levels of certain proteins in the bloodstream may be used to estimate levels of essential vitamins and minerals without directly testing for each nutritional factor. The team’s use of a new strategy allowed them to indirectly measure amounts of multiple nutrients in multiple people at the same time, an advance that should make it possible in the future to rapidly detect nutritional deficiencies of an entire population, apply remediation efforts and test their worth within months instead of years.


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October 25, 2013 Posted by | Medical and Health Research News | , , | Leave a comment

CDC Announces People In The US Have Healthy Vitamin And Mineral Levels

food sources of magnesium: bran muffins, pumpk...

food sources of magnesium: bran muffins, pumpkin seeds, barley, buckwheat flour, low-fat vanilla yogurt, trail mix, halibut steaks, garbanzo beans, lima beans, soybeans, and spinach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the 2 April Medical News Today article

Whilst pointing out that certain groups of the population have deficiencies, the CDC announced in a press release today, that in all, the US population has good levels of the main essential vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A & D as well as Folate and Iron got the green light in a report entitled “Second National Report on Biochemical Indicators of Diet and Nutrition”.

The CDC’s Division of Laboratory Sciences in the National Center for Environmental Health collected data from participants in CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, by taking blood and urine samples. The data covers the years 1999-2006, with a focus on more recent figures from 2003 to 2006. Although the report is positive, it points out that it doesn’t mean people are eating balanced and healthy diets.

As Christopher Portier, Ph.D., director of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health clarifies :

“These findings are a snapshot of our nation’s overall nutrition status … Measurements of blood and urine levels of these nutrients are critical because they show us whether the sum of nutrient intakes from foods and vitamin supplements is too low, too high, or sufficient.”

As far as deficiencies go, the report makes note that problems vary according to age, gender and ethnicity, and gives an example of vitamin D deficiency that can be higher than thirty percent for non Hispanic blacks….

April 4, 2012 Posted by | Nutrition | , , , | Leave a comment


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