Vitamin D status in the population of the Western region of Ukraine

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V.I. Pankiv
V.V. Povorozniuk
I.V. Pankiv
V.I. Boyko
S.V. Glugovska


In this lecture, we discuss the main causes of the vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency in the Western region of Ukraine, as well as present data on the incidence of vitamin D deficiency among various population groups, which confirm the widespread prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in the country. Numerous studies suggest that the current vitamin D insufficiency in Ukrainian population (85 % of general population has reduced levels of 25(OH)D) is due to both low level of its endogenous synthesis and insufficient intake with food: the territory of the country is located in a zone of low insolation, and at the same time, the main natural sources of vitamin D (marine oily fish) and products fortified with vitamin D are very limited in the diet of the population. Taking measures to increase the status of vitamin D and maintaining the optimal serum levels of 25(OH)D in children and adults, adequate vitamin D intake will improve the condition of the musculoskeletal system, as well as reduce the risk of development and improve the control of some chronic diseases.

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Pankiv, V., V. Povorozniuk, I. Pankiv, V. Boyko, and S. Glugovska. “Vitamin D Status in the Population of the Western Region of Ukraine”. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENDOCRINOLOGY (Ukraine), vol. 15, no. 3, July 2019, pp. 268-71, doi:10.22141/2224-0721.15.3.2019.172115.


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