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Free Content Food intake of selenium and sulphur amino acids in tuberculosis patients and healthy adults in Malawi [Short communication]

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Wasting in tuberculosis (TB) patients is associated with the severity of lung disease and low serum level of selenium. Low serum levels of selenium may be due to low food intake or altered absorption/metabolism in the body. We therefore wanted to measure and compare the intake of selenium and sulphur amino acids in smear-positive TB patients and appropriately matched adults. We found a low intake of selenium but no significant difference in intake of selenium and sulphur amino acids between the groups in this study.
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Keywords: antioxidant system; cysteine; diet; methionine; nutrition

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: Section for International Health, Institute of General Practice and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway 2: Division of Community Health, College of Medicine, University of Malawi, Blantyre, Malawi 3: Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, As, Norway 4: Department of Nutrition, Institute for Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

Publication date: 2009-10-01

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