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metadata.conference.dc.title: High phosphate-containing foods and beverages: Perceptions of the Future Healthcare Providers on their harmful effect in excessive consumption
metadata.conference.dc.contributor.*: Haque, ATM Emdadul
metadata.conference.dc.subject: High phosphate
Food and beverages
Future healthcare providers
Excessive consumption 2014
metadata.conference.dc.publisher: WASET (World Academy of Science Engineering and Technology)
metadata.conference.dc.identifier.citation: APA
metadata.conference.dc.description.abstract: Phosphorus is an essential nutrient which is regularly consumed with food, and exists in the body as phosphate. Phosphate is needed for bone mineralization and is an important component of cellular structures. Excessive accumulation of phosphate is an important driving factor of mortality in chronic renal failure patients; of relevance, these patients are usually provided healthcare by doctors, nurses and pharmacists. Hence this study was planned to determine the level of awareness of the future healthcare providers about the phosphate-containing foods and beverages and to access their knowledge on the harmful effects of excess phosphate consumption. A questionnaire was developed and distributed among the year-1 medical, nursing and pharmacy students. 432 medical, nursing and pharmacy students responded with age ranging from 18-24 years. About 70% of the respondents were female with majority (90.7%) from Malay ethnicity. Among the respondents, 29.9% were medical, 35.4% were pharmacy and 34.7% were nursing students. 79.2% students knew that phosphate was an important component of the body but only 61.8% knew that consuming too much phosphate could be harmful to the body. Despite 97% of the students knew that carbonated soda contained high sugar, surprisingly 77% of them did not know the presence of high phosphate in the same soda drinks; in the similar line of observation, 67% did not know the presence of it in the fast food. However, it was encouraging that 94% of the students wanted to know more about the effects of phosphate consumption, 74.3% were willing to give up drinking soda and eating fast food, and 52% considered taking green coconut water instead of soda drinks. It is therefore central to take educational initiative to increase the awareness of the future healthcare providers about phosphate-containing food & its harmful effects in excessive consumptions.
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