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Research Article

Nutritional and Micronutrient Status of Elderly People Living in a Rural Community of Bangladesh

Sumon Kumar Das1, Abu Syed Golam Faruque1*, Shahnawaz Ahmed1, Abdullah Al Mamun2, Rubhana Raqib1, Anjan Kumar Roy1, Mohammod Jobayer Chisti1, Tahmeed Ahmed1 and Mohammed Abdus Salam1
1International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh
2School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Corresponding Author : Abu Syed Golam Faruque
Center for Nutrition and Food Security
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research
Bangladesh
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Received May 24, 2012; Accepted June 21, 2012; Published June 25, 2012
Citation: Das SK, Golam Faruque AS, Ahmed S, Mamun AA, Raqib R, et al. (2012) Nutritional and Micronutrient Status of Elderly People Living in a Rural Community of Bangladesh. J Gerontol Geriat Res 1:107. doi:10.4172/2167-7182.1000107
Copyright: © 2012 Das SK, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Background: To assess the nutrition and micronutrient status of elderly population in the rural area of Bangladesh.

Method: Healthy 44 elderly (≥ 60 years) and 88 middle aged (40–59 years) men and women were studied during April-September 2010. Their anthropometric status, micronutrient status and biochemical markers were assessed.

Result: Mean body mass index (BMI), hemoglobin, alanine transaminase (ALT), albumin, vitamin B12, and fasting blood sugar (FBS) were significantly lower and serum creatinine, vitamin D and folate were significantly higher among elderly compared to that of middle aged population. However, uric acid (UA), calcium, zinc, and retinol were identical in both the groups. Individual being elderly, impacted on decreased level of hemoglobin (0.67 gm/dl), vitamin B12 (38.76 pmol/L), albumin (0.12 gm/dL), zinc (0.03 mg/L) and FBS (0.88 μmol/L) after adjusting for covariates.

Conclusion: Elderly had compromised nutritional status with lower levels of hemoglobin, FBS, vitamin and micronutrient.

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