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Intestinal helminths and their influence on the indicators of iron status in the elderly.
J Nutr Health Aging. 1997; 1(3):167-73.JN

Abstract

The intestinal helminthiasis and hematological status was assessed in 100 elderly residents of two low-land communities, one at sea-level and the other at 61; m, equally representative of men and women. These are beth low-income communities. The population showed a 48% helminth infection rate which consisted of hookworm, Trichuris, and Ascaris infection. The prevalence of each of the individual parasites was considered light to moderate and the intensity of infection was generally low in this population. A strong inverse association between intensity of hookworm infection and hemoglobin levels was observed but only at intensities greater than 2,000 eggs/gram feces. Lower intensities of infection had no apparent influence on hematological status. The evaluation of hematological status using hematocrit and hemoglobin showed different prevalences of risk of anemia of 14.1% and 43.8%, respectively. These differences may reflect the chosen cut-off values. Iron deficiency does not appear to be a major problem in this population with only 5% or 11% having absent stores using the low and high cut-off values of circulating serum ferritin, respectively.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Center for Studies of Sensory Impairment, Aging and Metabolism, The Research Branch for the National Committee for the Blind and Deaf of Guatemala, Guatemala City, Central America.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10995086

Citation

Elias, D, et al. "Intestinal Helminths and Their Influence On the Indicators of Iron Status in the Elderly." The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, vol. 1, no. 3, 1997, pp. 167-73.
Elias D, Wolff K, Klassen P, et al. Intestinal helminths and their influence on the indicators of iron status in the elderly. J Nutr Health Aging. 1997;1(3):167-73.
Elias, D., Wolff, K., Klassen, P., Bulux, J., & Solomons, N. W. (1997). Intestinal helminths and their influence on the indicators of iron status in the elderly. The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, 1(3), 167-73.
Elias D, et al. Intestinal Helminths and Their Influence On the Indicators of Iron Status in the Elderly. J Nutr Health Aging. 1997;1(3):167-73. PubMed PMID: 10995086.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Intestinal helminths and their influence on the indicators of iron status in the elderly. AU - Elias,D, AU - Wolff,K, AU - Klassen,P, AU - Bulux,J, AU - Solomons,N W, PY - 1997/1/1/pubmed PY - 2001/2/28/medline PY - 1997/1/1/entrez SP - 167 EP - 73 JF - The journal of nutrition, health & aging JO - J Nutr Health Aging VL - 1 IS - 3 N2 - The intestinal helminthiasis and hematological status was assessed in 100 elderly residents of two low-land communities, one at sea-level and the other at 61; m, equally representative of men and women. These are beth low-income communities. The population showed a 48% helminth infection rate which consisted of hookworm, Trichuris, and Ascaris infection. The prevalence of each of the individual parasites was considered light to moderate and the intensity of infection was generally low in this population. A strong inverse association between intensity of hookworm infection and hemoglobin levels was observed but only at intensities greater than 2,000 eggs/gram feces. Lower intensities of infection had no apparent influence on hematological status. The evaluation of hematological status using hematocrit and hemoglobin showed different prevalences of risk of anemia of 14.1% and 43.8%, respectively. These differences may reflect the chosen cut-off values. Iron deficiency does not appear to be a major problem in this population with only 5% or 11% having absent stores using the low and high cut-off values of circulating serum ferritin, respectively. SN - 1279-7707 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/10995086/Intestinal_helminths_and_their_influence_on_the_indicators_of_iron_status_in_the_elderly_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/iron.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -