Iron Status of a Representative Sample of the French Adult Population
In industrialized countries, there is growing interest in the association of iron metabolism disturbances with certain health problems (1–4). There exists two major disturbances of iron balance, iron deficiency and iron overload. Paradoxically, little information exists on the iron status of large representative samples of populations, particularly in European countries. Most information about iron nutritional status is based on studies of relatively small population groups (5,6). Few data are available on the iron status of the French population. However, in France, iron fortification of foods is not allowed (except in infant formulas and specialized dietetic products) and the use of iron supplements is therefore uncommon. In the present study, the iron status of a representative sample of the French adult population, issued from the SU.VI.MAX study, was assessed using biochemical indicators.
KeywordsSerum Ferritin Iron Overload Infant Formula Iron Status Biochemical Indicator
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