Zinc deficiency: Descriptive epidemiology and morbidity among preschool children in periurban population in Delhi, India

Usha Dhingra, Girish Hiremath, Venugopal P. Menon, Pratibha Dhingra, Archana Sarkar, Sunil Sazawal

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Community-based data relating to factors influencing zinc deficiency among preschool children in India are inadequate. Data of a large, double-blinded, randomized, controlled zinc-supplementation trial were used for assessing the descriptive epidemiology of zinc deficiency among children aged 6-35 months (n=940). In total, 609 children were followed up for 120 days for information on morbidity. Of these children, 116 from the control group belonging to the upper and the lower 25th quartile of plasma zinc status at baseline were selected for assessing the association of zinc deficiency with prospective morbidity. At baseline, demographic, socioeconomic and dietary information was collected, and anthropometric measurements and levels of plasma zinc were assessed. At baseline, 73.3% of the children were zinc-deficient (plasma zinc

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)632-639
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Health, Population and Nutrition
Volume27
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2009

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Keywords

  • Child
  • Descriptive
  • Diarrhoea
  • Double-blind method
  • Epidemiology
  • India
  • Morbidity
  • Randomized controlled trials
  • Slums
  • Zinc
  • Zinc deficiency
  • Zinc supplementation

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Food Science
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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Zinc deficiency : Descriptive epidemiology and morbidity among preschool children in periurban population in Delhi, India. / Dhingra, Usha; Hiremath, Girish; Menon, Venugopal P.; Dhingra, Pratibha; Sarkar, Archana; Sazawal, Sunil.

In: Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 27, No. 5, 10.2009, p. 632-639.

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Dhingra, U, Hiremath, G, Menon, VP, Dhingra, P, Sarkar, A & Sazawal, S 2009, 'Zinc deficiency: Descriptive epidemiology and morbidity among preschool children in periurban population in Delhi, India', Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 632-639.
Dhingra, Usha ; Hiremath, Girish ; Menon, Venugopal P. ; Dhingra, Pratibha ; Sarkar, Archana ; Sazawal, Sunil. / Zinc deficiency : Descriptive epidemiology and morbidity among preschool children in periurban population in Delhi, India. In: Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition. 2009 ; Vol. 27, No. 5. pp. 632-639.
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