Published on Wed Dec 09 2020

Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and its predictors in the Portuguese population: a nationwide population-based study.

Catia Duarte, Helena Carvalheiro, Ana M Rodrigues, Sara S Dias, Andréa Marques, Tânia Santiago, Helena Canhão, Jaime Cunha Branco, José António Pereira da Silva

In Portugal, 66% of adults present Vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency. Winter, living in Azores, older age, and obesity were the most important risk factors. It highlights the need of strategies to prevent vitamin D deficiency in Portugal.

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Abstract

Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent worldwide, but its prevalence is unknown in adult Portuguese population. In Portugal, 66% of adults present Vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency. Winter, living in Azores, older age, and obesity were the most important risk factors. It highlights the need of strategies to prevent vitamin D deficiency in Portugal.