Relationship among self-reported fatigue, dietary taurine intake, and dietary habits in Korean college students

Adv Exp Med Biol. 2013:776:259-65. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-6093-0_24.


The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship among -self-reported fatigue, dietary taurine intake, and dietary habits in Korean college students. The subjects were 239 college students (142 male and 97 female) residing in the Incheon, Korea. Self-reported fatigue score was determined using a questionnaire of "Subjective Symptoms of Fatigue Test." The average physical fatigue score (p ;< ;0.001), mental fatigue score (p ;< ;0.01), nervous fatigue score (p ;< ;0.001), and total fatigue score (p ;< ;0.001) of female students were significantly higher compared to male students. Average dietary taurine intake in male and female was 102.5 mg/day and 98.0 mg/day, respectively. There was no significant correlation between self-reported fatigue score and dietary taurine intake. However, there was significantly negative correlation between self-reported fatigue scores and dietary habits such as "eating meals at regular times" (p ;< ;0.05), "eating foods such as meat, fish, eggs, and beans more than two times a day" (p ;< ;0.05), "eating greenish yellow vegetable every meal" (p ;< ;0.05), and "avoiding eating sweet foods everyday" (p ;< ;0.05). Therefore, in order to reduce self-reported fatigue, it is necessary to provide nutrition education and counseling for better dietary habit in Korean college students, and a further large-scale study is needed about relationship of self-reported fatigue and dietary taurine intake.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Diet*
  • Fatigue / epidemiology*
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Republic of Korea
  • Self Report*
  • Students*
  • Taurine / pharmacology*


  • Taurine