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Background and Purpose: Carotenoids are molecules preventing the destructive effect of free radicals by neutralizing them. Today, research indicates that some Carotenoids decrease the risk of diseases such as cataract, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, etc. Carotenoids are orange and red pigments in plants.
Methods and Materials: This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted on elderly subjects in Sabzevar, Iran, who were selected through stratified sampling from all urban zones by referring to the doorsteps and interviewing them for a recall of food frequency in the three months. Home measures were used for the ease of recalling, and then they were converted to gram. The amount of carotenoids was calculated and the obtained data were analyzed in SPSS using independent t-test and descriptive statistic. Results: In this study, 78 elderly subjects participated (41.6% male and 58.4% female) with a mean age of 62.35±8.61 years; 22.5% were underweight, 60.1% had normal weights, and 17.4% were overweight. Mean carotenoid intake in subjects with chronic diseases was 47184.69±57016.99 μg, and in healthy subjects it was 39622.03±26863.53 μg. However, the difference was not statistically significant.
Conclusion: This study suggests that the intake of carotenoids by the elderly in Sabzevar, Iran is satisfactory