Background: College students may have a risk of fat-soluble vitamin deficiencies due
to unhealthy dietary habits, especially for vitamin A and E. They are important members of the human
antioxidant network; deficiencies of these vitamins may increase the risk of many critical diseases.
Objective: The current study was undertaken to determine the status of vitamin A and E in college
Methods: Healthy college students were recruited, and fasting blood samples of them were collected
and used for determining serum levels of retinol and α-tocopherol by the HPLC method.
Results: We found that there was no vitamin A deficiency in college students. However, vitamin E
deficiency existed in 34.5% of college students, especially in males. All the students had no vitamin
E adequacy. In addition, our findings showed that BMI was inversely associated with serum α--
tocopherol, but not serum retinol.
Conclusion: These results suggest that vitamin E deficiency in college students should be given
more attention, and it is necessary to consider using vitamin E supplements.