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Association of Vitamin D Status with Body Mass Index in Adolescents in Ukraine


Background and aims: Vitamin D status in many health managements have been researched extensively, but its dependence with obesity still remains controversial. This article is devoted to examination of blood cholecalciferol levels in Ukrainian population with establishment the association of cholecalciferol levels and body mass index (BMI). Materials and methods: For this observed investigation, data were collected during the summer 2017, over a period of one week from three township areas in Carpathian region, Ukraine from 304 adults aged 19-78 years. Measured variables contained 25(OH)D level, weight and weight applied to check BMI degree. The average level of vitamin D among adolescents presented 23.1 ± 8.2 ng/ml. Female gender was associated with lower vitamin D concentrations (22.9 ± 9.3 ng/ml vs. 26.2 ± 8.5 ng/ml for men). Among the participants, 74.4% had a BMNI of 25 kg/m2 and over, and in 27.3% of them the number was 30 kg/m2 and over. Results: Violation of vitamin D status was detected in 90.5% persons. 1.8% people had been identified as severe 25(OH)D deficiency. Measurement of cholecalciferol demonstrated meaningful connection between its level and BMI only in persons with BMI 25-29.9 kg/m2. Average vitamin D concentrations in persons with BMI over30 kg/m2 did not vary to a significant range from data in persons with normal body weight. Conclusions: Vitamin D status among the adolescents in Ukraine is far from optimum. Our results confirm reliable association between cholecalciferol level and BMI in persons with overweight. Interchange between conservation of vitamin D and BMI needs additional surveys.

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Impact of Dietary, Socioeconomic, and Physical Factors on Obese and Overweight Schoolchildren Living in Sidi-Bel-Abbes (West of Algeria) and Ain Defla (Centre)

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