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Journal:   IRANIAN RED CRESCENT MEDICAL JOURNAL (IRCMJ)   OCTOBER 2014 , Volume 16 , Number 10; Page(s) 1 To 4.
 
Paper: 

RISK FACTORS AND PREVALENCE OF VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY AMONG IRANIAN WOMEN ATTENDING TWO UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS

 
 
Author(s):  ALIPOUR SADAF, SABERI AZIN, SEIFOLLAHI AKRAM, SHIRZAD NOOSHIN, HOSSEINI LADAN*
 
* RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT CENTER, ARASH WOMEN'S HOSPITAL, TEHRAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, TEHRAN, IR IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Background: Several studies indicated that there is a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in Middle East countries.
Objectives: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and assess some risk factors of vitamin D deficiency among women attending our clinics in Tehran, the capital of Iran.
Patients and Methods: Five hundred and thirty-eight women aged 20-80 years were entered in this cross-sectional study from 2011 to 2012. Serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels were measured in all participants after recruiting their demographic and anthropometric data and past medical histories. Deficiency was defined as levels less than 35 nmol/L and classified as mild (
³ 25 nmol/L), moderate (12.5-25 nmol/L) and severe (£ 12.5 nmol/L).
Results: The prevalence of vitamin D deficiency was 69%; mild, moderate and severe degrees were seen in %10.4, %38.3, and %20.3 respectively. Analysis of logistic regression shows that age (OR: 0.96, CI: 0.93-0.97), menopause (OR: 0.44, CI: 0.21-0.99) and consumption of multivitamin supplements (OR: 2.67, CI: 1.4-5) were independent predictive factors for Vitamin D deficiency.
Conclusions: This study showed a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among Iranian women especially in reproductive ages.

 
Keyword(s): VITAMIN D, DEFICIENCY, PREVALENCE, IRAN
 
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