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Vitamin D status among adults in Germany – results from the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Adults (DEGS1)

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Public Health, July 2015
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Title
Vitamin D status among adults in Germany – results from the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Adults (DEGS1)
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BMC Public Health, July 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12889-015-2016-7
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Martina Rabenberg, Christa Scheidt-Nave, Markus A. Busch, Nina Rieckmann, Birte Hintzpeter, Gert B.M. Mensink

Abstract

In 1998, more than half of the adult population in Germany had serum 25-hydroxy-vitamin-D [25(OH)D] levels below the common threshold of 50 nmol/l. Since then, there has been a lot of attention for vitamin D in the scientific community, the media and the general population and serum 25(OH)D levels may have increased as a consequence. With data from the 'German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Adults' (DEGS1) the current situation of vitamin D status can be analysed. DEGS1, a national health survey among adults in Germany conducted by the Robert Koch Institute between 2008 and 2011, included 6,995 persons with available serum 25(OH)D levels. We calculated the proportion of participants with serum 25(OH)D levels <30 nmol/l, 30- < 50 nmol/l and > =50 nmol/l overall and according to age, season and latitude of residence as well as percentiles of serum 25(OH)D according to month of examination. Determinants of vitamin D status were analysed with multiple linear regression models. Mean serum 25(OH)D level was 45.6 nmol/l with no significant sex differences (p = 0.47). 61.6 % of the participants had serum 25(OH)D levels <50 nmol/l, 30.2 % had levels <30 nmol/l. During summer, half of the participants had levels > =50 nmol/l, during winter time, 25 % of the participants had levels <30 nmol/l. A significant latitudinal gradient was observed in autumn for men and in winter for women. In multiple linear regression analyses, examination during winter time, residing in northern latitude, non-use of vitamin D supplements, low sport activity, high Body Mass Index (BMI) and high media consumption were independently and significantly associated with lower serum 25(OH)D levels in both sexes. In addition, among women, significant associations with lower 25(OH)D levels were observed for older age and lower socio-economic status, among men, for low vitamin D intake and more residential traffic. Serum 25(OH)D levels below the threshold of 50 nmol/l are still common among adults in Germany, especially during winter and spring and in higher latitudes. Potentially modifiable factors of poorer vitamin D status are higher BMI, lack of sport activity and high media use.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Iceland 1 2%
South Africa 1 2%
Unknown 58 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 12 20%
Student > Master 10 17%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 10%
Researcher 6 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 10%
Other 9 15%
Unknown 11 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 25 42%
Nursing and Health Professions 5 8%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 4 7%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 4 7%
Social Sciences 3 5%
Other 7 12%
Unknown 12 20%

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#7,172,387
of 13,976,883 outputs
Outputs from BMC Public Health
#5,348
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#105,953
of 262,660 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Public Health
#2
of 12 outputs
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