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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2008 | Volume: 8 | Issue: 17 | Page No.: 3060-3063
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2008.3060.3063
Relationship of Vitamin B12 Deficiency with Overweight in Male Jordanian Youth
Mahmoud Abu -Samak, Rula Khuzaie, Mohammad Abu-Hasheesh, Malak Jaradeh and Mohammad Fawzi

Abstract:
The purpose of this research was to investigate the association between weights status, as measured by Body Mass Index (BMI) and vitamin B12 levels among male Jordanian youth. Recent studies have shown correlation between Body Mass Index (BMI) and serum vitamin B12 levels in some Middle East countries; however, no data are available for Jordan, where the prevalence of vitamin B12 deficiency has increased at an alarming rate. One hundred and twenty male university students (aged 18 to 24 years) from Amman city, Capital of Jordan, were divided into three groups according to the body mass index namely healthy weight, overweight and obese. Fasting samples were collected for hematological parameters, serum leptin, vitamin B12, folic acid and blood glucose. The mean serum vitamin B12 level was decreased in overweight students (283 . 2 ± 84 . 17) pg mL1 comparing with the mean of all groups (353.73 ± 125) pg mL1. Of all students 16 % had B12 deficiency ( < 200 pg mL1) and 65 % of them were overweight. Serum folate levels were normal in all groups. BMI was positively correlated with serum leptin levels in all groups. Significant elevation was observed of white blood cells count in obese group (p < 0.001). Present findings suggest that overweight youth are a risk group for vitamin B12 deficiency.
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How to cite this article:

Mahmoud Abu -Samak, Rula Khuzaie, Mohammad Abu-Hasheesh, Malak Jaradeh and Mohammad Fawzi, 2008. Relationship of Vitamin B12 Deficiency with Overweight in Male Jordanian Youth. Journal of Applied Sciences, 8: 3060-3063.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2008.3060.3063

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jas.2008.3060.3063

 
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