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Vitamin D status among patients of a tertiary health-care center in Makkah, Saudi Arabia: a retrospective study

Meshal Atiyah, Doaa Abdelmoety, Thamer Almalki, Waleed Alhozali, Zaid Sayedalamin, Eyed alakkas, Hanan Abdelmoneam Shamardl, Soha Elmorsy.

Abstract
Background: The prevalence of vitamin D deficiency has been reported to be quite high (30%–50%) in many areas of the world. Saudi Arabia is one of the sunniest areas of the globe and exposure to sunlight may maintain adequate vitamin D status. Yet studies performed as early as 1982 among the Saudi population pointed to the presence of a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency. In the last 3 to 4 decades, the lifestyle and dietary habits of children and adults in Saudi Arabia have changed tremendously.

Objective: To report the occurrence of vitamin D deficiency and assess the factors associated with it and to report the pattern of supplementation in a tertiary center in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

Materials and Methods: Retrospective data collection was done for patients, for whom vitamin D serum level was assayed between May 2011 and December 2013.Patients were divided into two groups based on their vitamin D serum concentration using 30 ng/mL as the cutoff point. Demographic and clinical characteristics were analyzed to detect the association with vitamin D inadequacy.

Result: Of the 594 patients included, more than 80% had inadequate vitamin D level at some point of time. The mean age was 44.59 ± 15.6 and 49.20 ± 16.48 years for groups with inadequate and adequate Vitamin D, respectively (p = 0.006). In the multivariate model and after adjusting for vitamin D supplementation status, only age and kidney disease were significantly associated with vitamin D status. The records did not show a clear pattern of vitamin D assay and follow-up in relation to the supplementation.

Conclusion: This study makes it very clear that many patients without known risk factors may have inadequate vitamin D concentrations. This may call for wider screening for vitamin D status in the Saudi population. To optimize vitamin D assay and to make supplementation effective, guidelines for supplementation and follow-up need to be put in place.

Key words: Vitamin D, deficiency, risk factor, retrospective


 
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Meshal Atiyah, Doaa Abdelmoety, Thamer Almalki, Waleed Alhozali, Zaid Sayedalamin, Eyed alakkas, Hanan Abdelmoneam Shamardl, Soha Elmorsy (2016) Vitamin D status among patients of a tertiary health-care center in Makkah, Saudi Arabia: a retrospective study. Int J Med Sci Public Health, 5 (7), 1510-1516. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2016.30032016438



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Meshal Atiyah, Doaa Abdelmoety, Thamer Almalki, Waleed Alhozali, Zaid Sayedalamin, Eyed alakkas, Hanan Abdelmoneam Shamardl, Soha Elmorsy. "Vitamin D status among patients of a tertiary health-care center in Makkah, Saudi Arabia: a retrospective study." International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health 5 (2016), 1510-1516. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2016.30032016438



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Meshal Atiyah, Doaa Abdelmoety, Thamer Almalki, Waleed Alhozali, Zaid Sayedalamin, Eyed alakkas, Hanan Abdelmoneam Shamardl, Soha Elmorsy. "Vitamin D status among patients of a tertiary health-care center in Makkah, Saudi Arabia: a retrospective study." International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health 5.7 (2016), 1510-1516. Print. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2016.30032016438



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