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Nutrición Hospitalaria

On-line version ISSN 1699-5198Print version ISSN 0212-1611


SANTOS, Andressa Feijó da Silva et al. Urinary loss of micronutrients in diabetic patients attending a tertiary hospital service. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2015, vol.32, n.2, pp.678-682. ISSN 1699-5198.

Background/aims: micronutrient deficiency may contribute to a poorer control of diabetes. Thus, the objective of the present study was to assess the urinary excretion of micronutrients in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Methods: patients with diabetes and controls were assessed regarding food intake, anthropometry, urinary loss of micronutrients and compared by the nonparametric Mann-Whitney test (p<0.05). Results: nine diabetic volunteers (52 ± 14 years, BMI 30 ± 11 kg/m2 and abdominal circumference (AC) of 99 ± 25 cm) and 9 control individuals (51 ± 16 years, BMI 26 ± 5 kg/m2 and AC of 90 ± 13 cm) were studied. Higher iron excretion was observed in the diabetic group and higher magnesium excretion in the control group. Conclusions: the type 2 diabetic patients here studied did not show increased micronutrient excretion in urine when compared to controls.

Keywords : Type II diabetes mellitus; Micronutrients.

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