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  • 1 Primary Care Service, Enese, Hungary
  • | 2 Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for Research in Solid-State Physics and Optics, Budapest, Hungary
  • | 3 Central Laboratory, Kaposi Mór Hospital, Kaposvár, Hungary
  • | 4 2nd Department of Medicine, Semmelweis University Medical School, Budapest, Hungary
  • | 5 Szentkirályi u. 46, H-1088, Budapest, Hungary
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Abstract

Abstract

The estimated amounts of alcohol consumed regularly are data recorded on the basis of patients’ self-report at history-taking. In many instances, however, patients do not genuinely inform their physician on the extent of their alcohol consumption, and in some cases they simply conceal it. In such cases determination of the amount of carbohydrate-deficient transferrin (CDT) can be helpful.

Objective

To determine the levels of carbohydrate-deficient transferrin in a healthy population.

Methods

The authors performed examinations among inhabitants of a small Hungarian town (Enese). Data of 409 individuals (average age: 49.7 years) have been processed. They included 204 men (average age: 49.3 years) and 205 women (average age: 50.3 years). Subjects were divided into two groups: 1) those who consumed no alcohol or only small quantities (< 40 g/day) and 2) the so-called social drinkers who consumed an amount corresponding to 40 to 60 g alcohol/day. Levels of carbohydrate-deficient transferrin were measured by immune turbidimetry with an automated instrument Hitachi 912 (Roche USA).

Results

In persons consuming no or only small quantities of alcohol, the levels of CDT rise gradually with the increasing age. In the age group between 45 and 65 years the values are significantly higher than in people under 25 years of age. In the younger age group under 45 years, women were found to have significantly higher levels than men. In the social drinkers (beverage consumption corresponding to 40 to 60 g alcohol/day) the values were higher in all cases as compared to those in the non-consuming group, and in the age group between 45 and 65 years the levels were significantly higher than in the younger age group. Of them, men had significantly higher values as compared to women.

Conclusion

CDT levels show a moderate rise with the age, and social drinking increases the values as well.

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Clinical and Experimental Medical Journal
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