Multivariable analysis of nutritional and socio-economic profiles shows differences in incident anemia for Northern and Southern Jiangsu in China
Mutter, Stefan; Casey, Aaron E.; Zhen, Shiqi; Shi, Zumin; Mäkinen, Ville-Petteri (2017-10-21)
Mutter S, Casey AE, Zhen S, Shi Z, Mäkinen V-P. Multivariable Analysis of Nutritional and Socio-Economic Profiles Shows Differences in Incident Anemia for Northern and Southern Jiangsu in China. Nutrients. 2017; 9(10):1153.
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Anemia is a prevalent public health problem associated with nutritional and socio-economic factors that contribute to iron deficiency. To understand the complex interplay of risk factors, we investigated a prospective population sample from the Jiangsu province in China. At baseline, three-day food intake was measured for 2849 individuals (20 to 87 years of age, mean age 47 ± 14, range 20–87 years, 64% women). At a five-year follow-up, anemia status was re-assessed for 1262 individuals. The dataset was split and age-matched to accommodate cross-sectional (n = 2526), prospective (n = 837), and subgroup designs (n = 1844). We applied a machine learning framework (self-organizing map) to define four subgroups. The first two subgroups were primarily from the less affluent North: the High Fibre subgroup had a higher iron intake (35 vs. 21 mg/day) and lower anemia incidence (10% vs. 25%) compared to the Low Vegetable subgroup. However, the predominantly Southern subgroups were surprising: the Low Fibre subgroup showed a lower anemia incidence (10% vs. 27%), yet also a lower iron intake (20 vs. 28 mg/day) compared to the High Rice subgroup. These results suggest that interventions and iron intake guidelines should be tailored to regional, nutritional, and socio-economic subgroups.
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