Electronic Theses and Dissertations





Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Clinical Nutrition

Committee Chair

Ruth Williams

Committee Member

Robin Roach

Committee Member

Terra Smith


Sickle cell anemia (SCA) is a genetic blood disorder that affects the transportation of oxygen through the blood. It causes episodes of pain, which may affect dietary intake. The purpose of this study was to look at the intake of calcium and vitamin D in adults with SCA, compared to the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for these nutrients. This was a retrospective study of 12 patients with SCA using food diaries collected from a parent study. There were 6 males and 6 females included and their ages ranged from 21 to 52 years (median=31.75 years). A one-sample t-test was performed and it was determined that the mean intake of both calcium and vitamin D were significantly less than the RDA. Calcium and vitamin D are important nutrients and patients with SCA may need education on good sources of these nutrients or supplementation because of their low intake.


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Library Comment

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