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Acta Amazonica

Print version ISSN 0044-5967On-line version ISSN 1809-4392

Acta Amaz. vol.19  Manaus  1989

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1809-43921989191342 

NUTRIÇÃO

Níveis séricos de vitamina "A" em pré-escolares de um bairro pobre de Manaus - AM

Helyde Albuquerque Marinho **  

Janete Seixas de Castro **  

Roberto Carlos Burini ***  

**Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia - INPA, Manaus - AM

***Universidade Estadual de São Paulo (UNESP)


RESUMO

O estado nutricional relacionado ã vitamina A foi estudado em 240 crianças de ambos os sexos com idade entre 3 a 7 anos incompletos, residentes em um bairro pobre de Manaus-AM. Foram realizadas dosagens bioquímicas de retinol e β-caroteno no soro e inquérito alimentar. Constatou-se níveis séricos de retinol e β-caroteno abaixo do normal em 36% e 61% respectivamente, os quais, pelos critérios do Interdepartmental Committee on Nutrition for National Defense (ICNND), sugerem problema de Saúde Pública. Quanto adequação de consumo de vitamina "A" foi de apenas 62,6%, segundo as recomendações da National Academy of Sciences (RDA-Dose Recomendada Diária).

SUMMARY

The nutritional status of vitamim A was studied in 240 children of both sexes between the ages of three and seven years who lived in a poor residential area of Manaus (Amazonas), Brazil. Biochemical analyses of serum retinol and β-carotene were carried out and the dietary intake was determined by means of questionnaires. Thirty - six percent and 65% of the children had serum retinol an β-caroten levels, respectively, below the normal levels, which, according to the ICNND criteria, suggests a public heath problem. The man dietaru a intake dietary vitamin A intake was only 62,6% of the US Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA).

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