[PHNUTR-L] Vitamin D Status and Health Correlates in Germany
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Vitamin D Status and Health Correlates in Germany
Reference: "Vitamin D status and health correlates among German
adults," Hintzpeter B, Mensink GB, et al, Eur J Clin Nutr, 2008; 62(9):
1079-89. (Address: Department of Epidemiology and Health Reporting,
Robert Koch-Institute, Berlin, Germany. E-mail: hintzpeterb at rki.de ).
Summary: In a study involving data from 1,763 men and 2,267 women
between the ages of 18 and 79 years, living in Germany, low vitamin D
status was found to be prevalent in women with hypertension,
cardiovascular diseases, and non-insulin-treated diabetes mellitus, and
in men with insulin-treated diabetes. Moreover, in the general study
population, 81% of men and 88% of women had vitamin D intakes below the
recommended levels (5 microg/d), with men having a median 2.8 microg/d
intake and women a median 2.3 microg/d - from both diet and supplements.
58% of women and 57% of men were found to have levels of vitamin D below
50 nmol/l. In older women (between 65 and 79 years of age), 75% were
found to have vitamin D levels below 50 nmol/l, even during sunny times
of the year. Women with hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, and
non-insulin-treated diabetes mellitus, and men with insulin-treated
diabetes mellitus were found to have significantly lower serum 25(OH)D
levels than subjects without these conditions. The authors conclude
that, "Vitamin D deficiency is a public health issue in Germany." They
add, "Risk and benefits of preventive actions need to be examined in
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