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Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
  Year: 2009 | Volume: 8 | Issue: 5 | Page No.: 679-683
DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2009.679.683
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Dietary Iron Consumption and its Relation with Stress Symptoms of Adolescents

Saime Kucukkomurler and Fatma Arpaci

The aim of this study is to investigate dietary iron consumption and its relation with stress symptoms of healthy adolescents. 39 voluntary and healthy university students from Ankara, Turkey at the age of 19-25 were included in the study. Nutrient intake of the volunteers was estimated from 24 h recall and averaged for 3 days and then adolescents were divided into two groups according to iron amounts they consume. The calculations also reveal the fact that dietary iron level of 92.3% of adolescents is low. A questionnaire containing stress symptoms was applied following the day when nutrients were recorded. Finally the relation of the stress symptoms and iron consumption was analyzed with t test. The results of the t test show that psychological stress change significantly according to the level of iron (p>0.05). Average scores of the adolescents having a normal level of iron (46.33±12.98) was lower compared to those having a low level of iron (46.33±12.89). It was determined that there was no significant difference between stress symptoms experienced by normal and low lever dietary iron consumers (p>0.05). Though it was expected that stress symptom experience of adolescents were affected by dietary iron levels no significant evidence for this was experienced. For further experiments, groups including high and low dietary iron consumption or larger groups are suggested for more precise results.
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Saime Kucukkomurler and Fatma Arpaci, 2009. Dietary Iron Consumption and its Relation with Stress Symptoms of Adolescents. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 8: 679-683.

DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2009.679.683






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