Nereus research fellow Tiff-Annie Kenny (University of Ottawa) is lead author on a recently published article in the open access journal BMC Nutrition, entitled ‘Potential impact of restricted caribou (Rangifer tarandus) consumption on anemia prevalence among Inuit adults in northern Canada’. She writes that Inuit communities heavily rely on caribou for their dietary needs and well-being, but dependence on this food source is under threat due to drastically declining caribou populations across Canada. In turn, this can negatively impact Inuit communities’ health and access to essential micronutrients, such as iron for red blood cell production, thereby increasing their risk of developing anemia. With anemia a global health concern for over a billion people, particularly affecting people and communities in a lower socioeconomic status – including Inuit in Canada – Tiff-Annie and co-authors investigated how restricted access to caribou might influence iron deficiency and anemia prevalence in Inuit regions throughout northern Canada.
The above summary was adapted from the abstract of the reference below:
Kenny, T., Jamieson, J., Kuhnlein, H., Wesche, S., & Chan, H. (2019). Potential impact of restricted caribou (Rangifer tarandus) consumption on anemia prevalence among Inuit adults in northern Canada. BMC Nutrition, 5, BMC Nutrition, 2019, Vol.5. link