Rekia Belahsen

Rekia Belahsen
Université Chouaib Doukkali · training & Research Unit on Nutrition & Food Sciences

PhD

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Background: Healthy diet plays an important role in the management of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and in the prevention of related comorbidities. Dietary diversity score (DDS) is well recognized as an indicator for assessing diet quality and food security. However, its association with CKD has not been investigated. Objective: The aim of this s...
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Background: The prevalence, risk factors and screening for the problem of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease linked to obesity are not well known in Morocco. The diagnosis of this disease by biopsy is invasive and the assessment of its severity by ultrasound shows variability in observation. Objective: The aim of this retrospective study is to es...
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Background: In Western societies, gender differences in health and health behavior are extensively documented, but less is known about gender health disparities in Morocco. Aging is not yet a research topic or a source of concern. However, the country will face significant demographic aging in the future. Objective: The purpose of this study was...
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Background: Currently, T1D is one of the most common chronic diseases in children and adolescents. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that more than 1.1 million children and adolescents are living with (T1D). A few studies have evaluated the relationship between dietary intake and glycemic control (GC) in people with T1D, and in...
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Background: Low birth weight (LBW) is considered to be one of the most important indicators of a newborn's chances of survival, and a major risk of medium- and long-term morbidity. Objective: To identify risk factors associated with low birth weight newborns among pregnant women during childbirth in Moroccan hospital environment with a view to p...
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Background: The use of validated and reliable methods and instruments is necessary to study dietary practices and nutritional status due to their direct impacts on population health. Objective: The aim is the validity and reliability of the conceptual and methodological framework of research on factors associated with dietary practices and nutri...
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The advent of the Covid-19 pandemic has led states around the world to impose several preventive measures in order to limit the spread of the infection, particularly among vulnerable people, including pregnant women. Indeed, a limitation of access to prenatal care has been observed at the level of recognized health structures, such as health center...
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Background: In Morocco, fava beans are widely used as a main meal or as an ingredient in various traditional recipes, in the form of fresh ripe seeds or dry seeds. In the past, the tender skin of bean pods was also used in certain specific dishes, thus diversifying the diet. However, the peels of the tender bean pods are currently less or not used...
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Background: Despite the efforts of health systems, the prevalence of malnutrition reflected by weight status still poses challenges for many countries around the world. In fact, with the decrease in undernutrition, excess weight and obesity are gradually increasing in parallel with that of chronic diseases. Among school-going adolescents, however,...
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Research Abstract Background: This study aimed to protect the knowledge related to the traditional uses of wild plant resources
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Background: Onset of overweight and obesity has been previously reported as a result of population migration to western countries. Objective: To determine the nutritional status, weight status and their association with socioeconomic status in sub-Saharan settled in El Jadida city in a Mediterranean country Morocco. Materials and methods: A de...
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Background: Low birth weight (LBW) is an important predictor of neonatal morbidity and mortality. It reflects the nutritional status of the mother and the quality of health care services during pregnancy. Objective: The objective of this study is to determine the factors associated with low birth weight of children born to Moroccan pregnant wome...
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Background: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a cluster of cardiovascular risk factors that may promote the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD). The aim of this research was to determine the prevalence of MetS and its components and, to study their association with CKD among Moroccan adult population living in an agricultural province. Materials...
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Fasting in the month of Ramadan is a religious, cultural, and social ritual for Muslims. e benefits it is supposed to provide to people who practice it are often impaired by unhealthy lifestyles including diet. e present research aimed to study risky eating behaviors and the variation in food expenditure of the Moroccan population during Ramadan. i...
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Background: Diabetes is a real public health problem in children and adolescents because of its chronicity and the difficulty in the control of blood glucose levels at paediatric age. Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the link of socio-demographic and anthropometric characteristics with the management and glycemic control in children w...
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Food is a multidimensional science that has appeal among other social representations of food practices. This study aimed to characterize and identify the determinants of eating practices according to the social representations of a population in the Rabat-Salé-Kenitra (RSK) region of Morocco. Data concerning socio-demographic characteristics were...
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Background Maternal malnutrition is a global concern whose consequences for newborns are intrauterine growth retardation, fetal hypotrophy and exposure to risks of pathologies in adulthood. Objective The aim of this study was to assess and compare the diet quality and nutritional status of pregnant women at the time of childbirth while assessing t...
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Fasting in the month of Ramadan is a religious, cultural, and social ritual for Muslims. The benefits it is supposed to provide to people who practice it are often impaired by unhealthy lifestyles including diet. The present research aimed to study risky eating behaviors and the variation in food expenditure of the Moroccan population during Ramada...
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Background: Nowadays the food production, supply and consumption chain represent a major cause of ecological pressure on the natural environment, and diet links worldwide human health with environmental sustainability. Food policy, dietary guidelines and food security strategies need to evolve from the limited historical approach, mainly focused o...
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Introduction: the association of diabetes with pregnancy is a frequent gestational situation that constitutes a real public health problem with prevalence and risk factors varying according to the population type. The present study aims to determine the prevalence of gestational diabetes (GD) and associated risk factors (socio-demographic characte...
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The purpose of this article is to review the historical development of the healthy food model of the Mediterranean Diet and related scientific knowledge from the early 1960s to the present time. The review presents the origins of the first pyramid of the traditional Mediterranean Diet in 1993 and how it has been revised to produce, in 2010, a new u...
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The association of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is unknown. Patients with NAFLD are at risk of developing a severe form of COVID-19 and have a higher viral loss time. The aim of this study is to examine the factors likely to contribute to the effectiveness of public health approaches to the COVI...
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This study focuses on the determinants of out-of-home eating (OHE) and its association with nutritional status. A survey was carried out in the region of Rabat-Salé-Kenitra in Morocco, on 400 adults of both sexes, recruited using the two-stage sampling method. The results showed that the majority of the population resides in urban area, with an ave...
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Background: Despite the availability of cultivated food crops and processed food, a large part of the Moroccan population, more particularly the populations of rural areas, still depend on the traditional use of wild plants, which constitute an important component of their food system. However, there is a lack of information on these plants and the...
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The management of gestational diabetes requires the adherence of the partners to the pillars of medical and nutritional care, if necessary manifesting situations of serious complications that threatens the life of the mother/newborn couple during and long term. Failure to adhere to the appropriate diet is one of the situations that can affect the d...
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Introduction: Morocco is currently experiencing a change in dietary habits, in particular that related to food preparation methods and eating location. The objective of this research was to study the factors associated with food consumption trends in an agricultural community from the province of El Jadida in Morocco.
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Introduction Chronic kidney disease is among the major non-communicable diseases with increasing prevalence. This study aimed to estimate the prevalence of chronic kidney disease and its associated risk factors among Moroccan population sample from Sidi Bennour province. Methods An observational, descriptive and analytical study was conducted in a...
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Abstract Introduction: obesity has aroused these last time a significant interest because of his strong association with osteoarthritis by the worsening of the mechanical constraints exerted on the articulation. Considered as degenerative disease and debilitating, the prevalence of osteoarthritis does not cease to increase due to the increase in b...
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Traditionally, the Berber diet was part of a semiautarkic economy. The suitability of the diet to the regional ecosystem has guaranteed food security for the Berber tribes of Morocco and other countries of North Africa. As part of a patriarchal model, Berber dietary patterns are historically embedded in a social system where women's and men's roles...
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Objective: To characterize the multiple dimensions and benefits of the Mediterranean diet as a sustainable diet, in order to revitalize this intangible food heritage at the country level; and to develop a multidimensional framework - the Med Diet 4.0 - in which four sustainability benefits of the Mediterranean diet are presented in parallel: major...
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Background There is increasing evidence of the multiple effects of diets on public health nutrition, society, and environment. Sustainability and food security are closely interrelated. The traditional Mediterranean Diet (MD) is recognized as a healthier dietary pattern with a lower environmental impact. As a case study, the MD may guide innovative...
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This white paper is an outcome of the collaborative effort with the FAO/UNEP Sustainable Food Systems Programme, FAO.
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Abstract: STUDY OBJECTIVE: Diabetes is placed throughout the world at the forefront of health concerns because of the complications it causes and their adverse repercussions on health and economy. In Morocco, it is increasingly high and 90% of the diabetics have type II Diabetes. This disease may be preventable by the change of life style in diabet...
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The objective was to assess the relationship between adherence to Mediterranean dietary pattern (MDP) and the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MS) in urban Moroccan adult women, living in an agricultural Mediterranean province; El Jadida. A random sample (n=182) of Moroccan women (18-55 years old) was interviewed; anthropometrical measures and fas...
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The aim of the present paper is to review nutrition transition (NT) ongoing in low and middle income countries and the associated dietary changes. NT is accompanied by demographic and epidemiological transition associated with economic development and urbanisation. In these countries, while the problems of hunger and undernourishment persist, there...
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Leptospirosis is a disease caused by bacteria of the family of leptospires. This bacteria is carried by many mammals, mainly rodents. Leptospirosis may occur as small outbreaks. It represents a real public health problem in developing countries. Leptospirosis is fundamentally linked to conditions of poverty and health education activities, urbaniza...
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The purpose of this article is to review the historical development of the healthy food model of the Mediterranean Diet and related scientific knowledge from the early 1960s to the present time. The review presents the origins of the first pyramid of the traditional Mediterranean Diet in 1993 and how it has been revised to produce, in 2010, a new u...
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Introduction: Malnutrition has physical and mental consequences for individuals, households and communities. However, there is a dearth of information on the nutritional status of adolescents in Morocco. Objective: This study was conducted to evaluate the nutritional status and blood pressure measurements of rural Berber schoolchildren from Anti At...
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To present the Mediterranean diet (MD) pyramid: a lifestyle for today. A new graphic representation has been conceived as a simplified main frame to be adapted to the different nutritional and socio-economic contexts of the Mediterranean region. This review gathers updated recommendations considering the lifestyle, dietary, sociocultural, environme...
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Leptospirosis, caused by the pathogenic leptospires, is one of the most widespread zoonotic diseases known. Leptospirosis cases can occur either sporadically or in epidemics, Humans are susceptible to infection by a variety of serovars. These bacteria are antigenically diverse. Changes in the antigenic composition of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) are th...
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The aim of this study is to examine the associated risk factors of hypertension and the relationship between blood pressure and obesity determined by different anthropometric measurements in a population of urban adult women of Morocco. The study was conducted in an agricultural community, El Jadida province of Morocco. Body weight, height, waist (...
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Leptospirosis is probably the world’s most widespread zoonosis of global importance. It occurs in both developed and developing countries and large outbreaks have been reported from all over the world. Leptospirosis is now being recognized as a re-emerging infectious disease. Understanding the epidemiology of this infectious disease in Morocco is a...
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Human leptospirosis can be a difficult infection to describe, as the symptoms can vary dramatically between patients. Some symptoms are extremely common, but only a small number of patients will experience the severe life-threatening illness known as Weil’s disease. The severity of the infection depends on the age and general health of the patient,...
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Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects humans and animals. It is caused by bacteria of the genus Leptospira. The 23-year-old man was reported on December 15, 2010 to develop jaundice, fever, chill, headache, nausea, vomiting and muscle pain and admitted to Mohamed V Hospital in El Jadida attributed to Leptospira icterohaemorrhagiae and L...
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Au Maroc, La leptospirose est jusqu'à présent peu étudiée et probablement sous-estimée. En octobre 2010, un patient, âgé de 22 ans, a été admis à l'hôpital Mohamed V d'El Jadida pour un syndrome assimilable à la leptospirose et a été hospitalisé pour recherche des marqueurs biologiques de cette infection par techniques sérologiques (Elisa-IgM et te...