Vitamin D3 levels in healthy people, including a group aged over 60, in relation to BMI

Sławomir Tokarski 1, 2,  
Faculty of Medicine, University of Rzeszow, Poland
Subcarpathian Centre of Lung Diseases – Clinic of Pulmonology and Allergology, Rzeszow, Poland
Department of Hygiene of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Medical University, Lodz, Poland
JPCCR 2017;11(1):25–29
Vitamin D plays a role not only in the remodeling of bone, but also in functions involving other organs. Its tissue availability depends on dermal synthesis and/or ingestion from diet, as well as on the amount of adipose tissue binding vitamin D into its cells. This study evaluates vitamin D concentrations in relation to body-mass index (BMI) in healthy people aged over 60 and living in the Subcarpathian Province of southeastern Poland. The study involved 246 participants – 172 women (69.9%), 74 men (31,1%), with an average age of 65.9 (±11.9). The mean concentrations of vitamin D, assessed with ECLIA method, was 18 ng/ml, which indicates a marked deficiency in vitamin D. Defined vitamin D deficiency (<20ng/ml) was noted in 62% of participants without any difference between males and females. There was no correlation between BMI and vitamin D deficiency in the studied group. The results suggest the need for vitamin supplementation in healthy people aged over 60 according to the guidelines
Sławomir Tokarski
Sławomir Tokarski MD PhD, ul. Rycerska 2, 35-241 Rzeszów, Poland
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