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Title: Prevalence of hyperhomocysteinemia in normal healthy thai subjects
Authors: Wattana Leowattana
Kiertijai Bhuripanyo
Nithi Mahanonda
Sasikant Pokum
Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2001
Citation: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand. Vol.84, No.SUPPL. 3 (2001)
Abstract: The concentration of circulating total homocysteine is a sensitive marker of inadequate folate and vitamin B12 status. The elevations of plasma homocysteine concentration are associated with an increased risk of vascular disease. The primary goals of this study were to identify plasma homocysteine concentrations in Thai residents and to test for differences in homocysteine levels among sex and age categories. The authors measured plasma total homocysteine concentrations in 3,345 Shinawatra employees (1,133 males, 2,212 females aged between 20-65 years) by using fluorescence polarization immunoassay (FPIA) method. The mean plasma homocysteine concentrations of males and females were 11.495 and 8.547 μmol/L respectively. Plasma homocysteine concentrations were significantly lower in females than in males (p < 0.0001). The age-specific plasma homocysteine levels were lower in females than in males for each group, but the levels of each group was not significantly different both in males and females. When more than 12 μmol/L was used as the cut-off value, it was found that 33.6 per cent of males and 6.69 per cent of females were classified as hyperhomocysteinemia subjects. The authors concluded that the prevalence of hyperhomocysteinemia in Thai males is more common than in females. Further investigation should be done to clarify the association between serum folate, vitamin B12, vitamin B6 concentrations and plasma homocysteine concentration.
ISSN: 01252208
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2001-2005

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