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Suboptimal vitamin D status in a population-based study of Asian children: prevalence and relation to allergic diseases and atopy.

Yao TC, Tu YL, Chang SW, Tsai HJ, Gu PW, Ning HC, Hua MC, Liao SL, Tsai MH, Chiu CY, Lai SH, Yeh KW, Huang JL, PATCH study groupHuang JL - PLoS ONE (2014)

Bottom Line: After adjusting for potential confounders, serum 25(OH)D status had no association with asthma, rhinitis, eczema, atopy, or total serum IgE (all P>0.05).Low serum 25(OH)D levels are remarkably common in this population sample of Asian children, suggesting that millions of children living in Taiwan may have suboptimal levels of vitamin D, which should be a matter of public health concern.Our results provides epidemiological evidence against the association of vitamin D status with various allergic diseases and atopy in Asian children.

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Affiliation: Division of Allergy, Asthma, and Rheumatology, Department of Pediatrics, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Taoyuan, Taiwan; Community Medicine Research Center, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital at Keelung, Keelung, Taiwan.

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Background: New evidence shows high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in many countries and some studies suggest a possible link between vitamin D status and allergic diseases. The objectives of this study were to determine the prevalence of suboptimal vitamin D status in a population sample of Asian children and to investigate the relationship of vitamin D status with allergic diseases and atopy.

Methods: Children aged 5-18 years (N = 1315) in the Prediction of Allergies in Taiwanese CHildren (PATCH) study were evaluated using questionnaires, anthropometric measurements, and serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] and total and specific immunoglobulin E (IgE).

Results: The mean concentration of serum 25(OH)D was 20.4 ng/mL (SD: 7.1 ng/mL). Vitamin D deficiency (defined as serum 25(OH)D<20 ng/mL) was present in 670 subjects (51.0%), while vitamin D insufficiency (defined as serum 25(OH)D<30 ng/mL) was observed in 1187 subjects (90.3%). Older age (P<0.001), female gender (P<0.001), higher body mass index (P = 0.001), winter and spring seasons (compared to summer; P both<0.001), and passive smoking (P = 0.011) were independently associated with low serum 25(OH)D levels. After adjusting for potential confounders, serum 25(OH)D status had no association with asthma, rhinitis, eczema, atopy, or total serum IgE (all P>0.05).

Conclusions: Low serum 25(OH)D levels are remarkably common in this population sample of Asian children, suggesting that millions of children living in Taiwan may have suboptimal levels of vitamin D, which should be a matter of public health concern. Our results provides epidemiological evidence against the association of vitamin D status with various allergic diseases and atopy in Asian children.

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Mentions: The mean concentration of serum 25(OH)D in the 1315 subjects was 20.4 ng/mL (SD: 7.1 ng/mL), with a range of 3.0 to 41.8 ng/mL. Figure 2 showed the distribution of serum 25(OH)D levels in this population. Surprisingly, vitamin D deficiency (defined as serum 25(OH)D<20 ng/mL) was present in 670 of 1315 subjects (51.0%), while vitamin D insufficiency (defined as serum 25(OH)D<30 ng/mL) was observed in 1187 of 1315 subjects (90.3%) (Figure 2).


Suboptimal vitamin D status in a population-based study of Asian children: prevalence and relation to allergic diseases and atopy.

Yao TC, Tu YL, Chang SW, Tsai HJ, Gu PW, Ning HC, Hua MC, Liao SL, Tsai MH, Chiu CY, Lai SH, Yeh KW, Huang JL, PATCH study groupHuang JL - PLoS ONE (2014)

Serum 25(OH)D levels: (a) histogram, (b) distribution.
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pone-0099105-g002: Serum 25(OH)D levels: (a) histogram, (b) distribution.
Mentions: The mean concentration of serum 25(OH)D in the 1315 subjects was 20.4 ng/mL (SD: 7.1 ng/mL), with a range of 3.0 to 41.8 ng/mL. Figure 2 showed the distribution of serum 25(OH)D levels in this population. Surprisingly, vitamin D deficiency (defined as serum 25(OH)D<20 ng/mL) was present in 670 of 1315 subjects (51.0%), while vitamin D insufficiency (defined as serum 25(OH)D<30 ng/mL) was observed in 1187 of 1315 subjects (90.3%) (Figure 2).

Bottom Line: After adjusting for potential confounders, serum 25(OH)D status had no association with asthma, rhinitis, eczema, atopy, or total serum IgE (all P>0.05).Low serum 25(OH)D levels are remarkably common in this population sample of Asian children, suggesting that millions of children living in Taiwan may have suboptimal levels of vitamin D, which should be a matter of public health concern.Our results provides epidemiological evidence against the association of vitamin D status with various allergic diseases and atopy in Asian children.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Division of Allergy, Asthma, and Rheumatology, Department of Pediatrics, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Taoyuan, Taiwan; Community Medicine Research Center, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital at Keelung, Keelung, Taiwan.

ABSTRACT

Background: New evidence shows high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in many countries and some studies suggest a possible link between vitamin D status and allergic diseases. The objectives of this study were to determine the prevalence of suboptimal vitamin D status in a population sample of Asian children and to investigate the relationship of vitamin D status with allergic diseases and atopy.

Methods: Children aged 5-18 years (N = 1315) in the Prediction of Allergies in Taiwanese CHildren (PATCH) study were evaluated using questionnaires, anthropometric measurements, and serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] and total and specific immunoglobulin E (IgE).

Results: The mean concentration of serum 25(OH)D was 20.4 ng/mL (SD: 7.1 ng/mL). Vitamin D deficiency (defined as serum 25(OH)D<20 ng/mL) was present in 670 subjects (51.0%), while vitamin D insufficiency (defined as serum 25(OH)D<30 ng/mL) was observed in 1187 subjects (90.3%). Older age (P<0.001), female gender (P<0.001), higher body mass index (P = 0.001), winter and spring seasons (compared to summer; P both<0.001), and passive smoking (P = 0.011) were independently associated with low serum 25(OH)D levels. After adjusting for potential confounders, serum 25(OH)D status had no association with asthma, rhinitis, eczema, atopy, or total serum IgE (all P>0.05).

Conclusions: Low serum 25(OH)D levels are remarkably common in this population sample of Asian children, suggesting that millions of children living in Taiwan may have suboptimal levels of vitamin D, which should be a matter of public health concern. Our results provides epidemiological evidence against the association of vitamin D status with various allergic diseases and atopy in Asian children.

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Related in: MedlinePlus