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NACDD White Paper: Diet and Nutrition Surveillance for Chronic Disease


NACDD is working collaboratively with the CDC Division of Laboratory Sciences, National Center for Environmental Health, as they develop their report series beginning with National Report on Biochemical Indicators of Diet and Nutrition in the U.S. Population, 1999-2002.  This report, and the accompanying White Paper developed by NACDD members and consultants, is aimed at a variety of public health specialties but is of particular relevance to state health department chronic disease prevention and control units.  The Report provides reference intervals for selected nutritional indicators in the U.S. population based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

Using the Report public health officials will be able to determine any differences among age, gender and racial or ethnic groups. The White Paper emphasizes the program and policy implications of the Report findings and makes recommendations for state health agency actions.

For more information about the Report or the accompanying White Paper contact:

Walter 'Snip' Young, PhD, MA
NACDD Consultant
14945 Foothill Road
Golden, Colorado   80401
303-237-0471 (fax)

The following list identifies the dietary and nutritional indicators and reference ranges included in the Report.

Water-Soluble Vitamins: B Vitamins and Related Metabolites
Serum Folate
Red Blood Cell Folate
Serum Vitamin B12
Plasma Homocysteine
Plasma Methylmalonic Acid

Fat Soluble Vitamins
Vitamin A (Retinol)
Vitamin E and gamma-tocopherol
Serum Vitamin E (Alpha-tocopherol)

Trace elements
Urinary iodine

Iron-Status Indicators
Serum ferritin
Serum iron
Serum total iron binding capacity
Serum transferrin saturation
Erythrocyte protoporphyrin

Urinary genistein
Urinary daidzein
Urinary equol
Urinary o-desmethylangolensin
Urinary enterodiol
Urinary enterolactone