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Magnesium concentration in hair of young healthy women with different body mass indexes

Annales UMCS, Sectio DDD, Pharmacia, Vol. XXIV, N 4, 24

RENATA DOMŻAŁ DRZEWICKA1, KAZIMIERZ PASTERNAK2, WŁODZIMIRZ BULIKOWSKI3

Chair and Department of Community Nursing,  Medical University in Lublin, Poland

Chair and Department of Medical Chemistry, Medical University in Lublin, Poland

Chair of Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy and Balneotherapy, Medical University in Lublin, Poland

Abstract

Studies on the relationship between hair magnesium concentration and the level of body mass index (BMI) have not been performed in Polish population thus far. The aim of this study was to assess this relationship in the group of young healthy women. Women (n=258) aged 19 to 24 years were subjected to the study. They underwent anthropometric measurements and their magnesium concentrations in hair were taken by means of atomic absorption spectrometry. Normal values of BMI were recorded in 163 (63.2%) participants, whereas overweight and underweight occurred in 60 (23.3%) and 35 (13.6%) subjects, respectively. Average magnesium concentration in hair amounted to 75.9±27.3 ppm. This value was the lowest in overweight women and the highest in the subgroup of subjects with normal body weight (p≤0.05). In conclusion, determination of magnesium levels in hair seems to be useful as an additional marker of nutritional status in the healthy general population.

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Keywords

women, hair, magnesium concentration

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