Prevalence and Predictors of Vitamin D Deficiency in Healthy Adults

Deborah M. Mitchell, MD; Maria P. Henao, BA; Joel S. Finkelstein, MD; Sherri-Ann M. Burnett-Bowie, MD, MPH


Endocr Pract. 2012;18(6):914-923. 

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Our data demonstrate a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in otherwise healthy young adults in the Boston, Massachusetts area. The prevalence was particularly high among black subjects, who are known to be at higher risk, as well as among Asian subjects who are less well-described. Otherwise healthy white subjects also had significant rates of vitamin D deficiency. The predictions generated from this logistic regression model may serve as a guide to clinicians faced with the challenge of deciding whom to screen or empirically treat for vitamin D deficiency.