Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787
RONCADA, Maria José and SZARFARC, Sophia Cornbluth. Vitamin A deficiency and iron deficiency anemia in pregnant women of two communities of the Ribeira River Valley (State of S. Paulo, Brazil). Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1975, vol.9, n.2, pp. 99-106. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101975000200002.
The present study was carried out on sixty pregnant women residing in the urban area of the cities of Apiaí and Ribeira, State of S. Paulo. Samples were taken from each subject in order to study blood levels of b-carotene, vitamin A, hemoglobin, serum iron and iron binding capacity as well as packed cell volume, with the objective of studying vitamin A and iron deficiency. The results showed that vitamin A deficiency was absent although a large proportion of carotene levels was abnormal. Regarding anemia, prevalence was higher in Ribeira residents. Refering all results to a control group, it was found that frequency was higher in the sample subjects.
Keywords : Pregnancy; Anemia, hypochromic; Vitamin A deficiency.