Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
×
Home

Micronutrient deficiencies: current issues

  • Pamela J. Magee (a1) and Mary T. McCann (a1)

Abstract

Micronutrient deficiencies are of growing public health concern. An understanding of how micronutrient deficiencies affect health and measures that can be taken to improve micronutrient status are essential to improve population health. The main purpose of the 2018 Irish Section Meeting ‘Targeted approaches to tackling current nutritional issues’ was to provide an overview of current issues in relation to micronutrient status at various stages of the lifecycle. Novel biomarkers of nutrient status, global strategies to improve micronutrient status and implications for policy were also considered. The papers presented demonstrated recent advancements in this field and highlighted areas that warrant priority at the public health level, on both a national and global scale. Novel methods and biomarkers are being developed that will enhance the assessment of micronutrient status in specific population groups. It is evident that mild-to-moderate deficiency, or low status (in the absence of deficiency), of some micronutrients have important ramifications for public health that should be considered alongside the implications of severe deficiency. It is imperative that policy makers, public health workers and scientists work together to ensure that sustainable programmes are implemented to address micronutrient deficiencies at the population level.

  • View HTML
    • Send article to Kindle

      To send this article to your Kindle, first ensure no-reply@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

      Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

      Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

      Micronutrient deficiencies: current issues
      Available formats
      ×

      Send article to Dropbox

      To send this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Dropbox.

      Micronutrient deficiencies: current issues
      Available formats
      ×

      Send article to Google Drive

      To send this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Google Drive.

      Micronutrient deficiencies: current issues
      Available formats
      ×

Copyright

Corresponding author

*Corresponding author: Pamela J. Magee, email pj.magee@ulster.ac.uk

References

Hide All
1.National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2014) Costing statement: vitamin D: increasing supplement use among at-risk groups. Available at https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph56/resources/costing-statement-69288013.
2.World Health Organization (2011) Guideline – vitamin A supplementation for infants and children 6–59 months of age – guideline. Geneva.
3.UNICEF (2017) Vitamin A deficiency. Available at https://data.unicef.org/topic/nutrition/vitamin-a-deficiency/.
4.Bouis, HE & Saltzman, A (2017) Improving nutrition through biofortification: a review of evidence from HarvestPlus, 2003 through 2016. Glob Food Sec 12, 4958.
5.Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (2016) Vitamin D and health. Available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sacn-vitamin-d-and-health-report.
6.Jaaskelainen, T, Itkonen, ST, Lundgvist, A et al. (2017) The positive impact of general vitamin D food fortification policy on vitamin D status in a representative adult Finnish population: evidence from an 11-y follow-up based on standardized 25-hydroxyvitamin D data. Am J Clin Nutr 105, 15121520.
7.Khoshnood, B, Loane, M, de Walle, H et al. (2015) Long term trends in prevalence of NTDs in Europe. BMJ 351, h5949.
8.Hughes, CF, Ward, M, Hoey, L et al. (2013) Vitamin B12 and ageing: current issues and interaction with folate. Ann Clin Biochem 50, 315329.
9.McAuley, E, McNulty, H, Hughes, C et al. (2016) Riboflavin status, MTHFR genotype and blood pressure: current evidence and implications for personalised nutrition. Proc Nutr Soc 75, 405414.
10.Finkelstein, JL, Haas, JD & Mehta, S (2017) Iron-biofortified staple food crops for improving iron status: a review of the current evidence. Curr Opin Biotechnol 44, 138145.
11.Bath, SC & Rayman, MP (2015) A review of the iodine status of UK pregnant women and its implications for the offspring. Environ Geochem Health 37, 619629.
12.O'Kane, SM, Pourshahidi, LK, Mulhern, MS et al. (2018) Cow milk consumption increases iodine status in women of childbearing age in a randomized controlled trial. J Nutr 148, 401408.
13.Lonnerdal, B (2017) Excess iron intake as a factor in growth, infections, and development of infants and young children. Am J Clin Nutr 106, 1681S1687S.
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
  • ISSN: 0029-6651
  • EISSN: 1475-2719
  • URL: /core/journals/proceedings-of-the-nutrition-society
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Keywords

Metrics

Altmetric attention score

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed