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Bone Abstracts (2014) 3 PP287 | DOI: 10.1530/boneabs.3.PP287

Osteoporosis: pathophysiology and epidemiology

Vitamin D status in sunny Lebanon

Yasser Yaghi1, Wajih Zaiour1, Ziad El Zaatari2, Ahmad Abdallah1 & Khaled Abdallah1

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1Beirut Arab University, Beirut, Lebanon; 2American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon.


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.

Volume 3

European Calcified Tissue Society Congress 2014

Prague, Czech Republic
17 May 2014 - 20 May 2014

European Calcified Tissue Society 

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