Current maternal-infant micronutrient status and the effects on birth weight in the United Arab Emirates

I. Amirlak, M. Ezimokhai, A. Dawodu, K. P. Dawson, J. Kochiyil, L. Thomas, A. M. Abdulle

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Abstract

Micronutrient deficiencies exist among women of childbearing age in the United Arab Emirates but the effects of maternal micronutrient deficiency on fetal growth are not well documented. To investigate the association between micronutrients and birth weight, we measured maternal and cord blood micronutrients (vitamin A, C, D, and E) and ferritin in 84 term, singleton infants born to healthy Arab and South Asian women at Al-Ain hospital. Median serum ascorbic acid and 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD) concentrations were low in mothers and infants. In multivariate analysis, maternal serum 25-OHD correlated positively with birth weight while serum ferritin showed a negative correlation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1399-1406
Number of pages8
JournalEastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Volume15
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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