Introduction and aim: Vitamin D plays an important role in bone growth. In children, low levels can cause rickets. In adults, low levels can lead to osteoporosis and fragility fractures. The aim of this survey was to get information about vitamin D levels in Lebanese population.
Subjects and methods: Serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D level is considered to be the best indicator of vitamin D status. 13 000 subjects included in this study were coming for routine check-ups. Insufficiency refers to those with vitamin D levels below 30 ng/dl.
Results: Age distribution and mean of vitamin D levels will be presented.
Conclusions: We found a high prevalence of moderate to severe vitamin D levels across all age groups.
Greater awareness of the importance of vitamin D level is needed as well as more aggressive supplementation especially in age groups at high risk of inadequacy.
17 May 2014 - 20 May 2014