Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

6106

Date

2017

Date of Award

12-6-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Clinical Nutrition

Committee Chair

Ruth Williams-Hooker

Committee Member

Lee Wallace

Committee Member

Dale Bowman

Abstract

Phenylketonuria is an inborn error of metabolism, in which a restricted protein diet is the primary treatment. High fat diets and obesity are two indicators of increased cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. Therefore, the aim of this study was to use high fat intakes and obesity to investigate whether individuals with PKU were at an increased risk of CVD. Percentages of calories coming from fat (PCF), BMI, body mass index percentages (BMI%), and weight per lengths (WPL) were obtained on participants between the ages of 1-50 years old. In conclusion, this study did not identify a risk for CVD in its participants as all studied variables were found to be low. Although no increased risk was identified, this study recognizes that the PKU population should maintain not only protein, but also fat and other nutrients, as they sustain a healthy life, preventing serious complications such as obesity and CVD from arising.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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