Date of Award
Master of Science
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.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Assaf, Nadine Mohammad, "The Analysis of Dietary Fat Intake, Body Mass Index, and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease for Individuals Diagnosed With Phenylketonuria" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1782.