Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00003907
Title: Awareness of nutrition and anemia among dental students in South Indian population
Category: Pharmaceutics
Section: Research Article
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    Introduction: Anemia is one of the world’s most serious global health issues as mentioned by the World Health Organization. Anemia can be defined as a condition in which oxygen carrying capacities are insufficient to meet the physiologic needs. Iron is an essential mineral which facilitates healthy functioning of the body. Vitamin C has been shown to enhance the process of iron absorption. It captures non-heme iron and stores it in a form that is more easily absorbed by the body. Hence, the current study is to create awareness of nutrition and anemia. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was distributed among 100 dentists between 18 and 25 years of age from various government and private dental colleges in Chennai through the SurveyPlanet application. The questionnaire consisted of 11 questions which were formulated for checking whether the students are well aware of the importance of nutrition and anemia. Results were tabulated using statistics. Results: About 82% of the total participants were quite equipped with the basic knowledge about being nutritious. Entire participants stood firm in the opinion of compulsorily having breakfast daily. 100% of the students were quite familiar with the term anemia from which 58% believed that anemia was due to the deficiency of iron while 35% of the participants assumed that anemia was due to the deficiency of hemoglobin, whereas 7% thought that anemia was due to the deficiency of proteins. Conclusion: Education interventions play a key role in changing ones attitude for the betterment of the society. Nowadays, most of the students are familiar in terms of anemia and nutritional importance in diet to maintain their health. Due to modern lifestyle, they are not following in day today life.

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    Rinki Susan George, R. Gayatri Devi*, A. Jyothipriya

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    Department of Physiology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: R. Gayatri Devi, Department of Physiology, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Technical and Medical Sciences, Saveetha University, 162, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Rinki Susan George, R. Gayatri Devi*, A. Jyothipriya

    Title:Awareness of nutrition and anemia among dental students in South Indian population
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):12 (August )
    Year:2019
    Page No: (1700-1703)
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    Methodology: Anemia, Hemoglobin
    Research Materials:Nutrition

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Anemia Hemoglobin Nutrition

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