Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D in relation to BMD and fractures in a Swedish cohort of women and men
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Vitamin D insufficiency has been suggested to be common and to cause osteoporotic fractures. Results from previous studies are inconsistent. The aim of our study was to assess if circulating vitamin D is associated with incident fractures and bone mineral density (BMD) among elderly Swedish men and women.
A population-based cohort consisting of 1002 Swedish men and women, aged 70-years at baseline with a setting at latitude 60o north, was followed for 7 years. Serum vitamin D (25(OH)D) at baseline was analysed by an immunoassay. Fractures during follow-up were identified from registry data and BMD was measured with DXA. Association between 25(OH)D levels and time to fracture was our primary endpoint and BMD our secondary outcome.
Mean S-25(OH)Dlevel was 58 (SD 20) nmol/L and 38% of the participants had levels <50 nmol/L. After multivariable adjustment, S-25(OH)D was only associated with total body BMD among men (P=0.03) but the relation was weak. Each SD increase in S-25(OH)D (approximately 20 nmol/L) conferred a 1% increase in total body BMD. Low vitamin D levels were not associated with lower BMD at the total hip or the lumbar spine in men or women. During follow-up, 155 (15%) of the participants sustained a fracture. No association between 25(OH)D and the rate of fracture was evident. The lowest quintile compared to highest quintile of 25(OH)D conferred a HR of 1.13 (95% CI 0.65-1.94).
In a general population of elderly Swedish men and women, serum vitamin D is not a strong determinant of fractures or of low bone mineral density.
Vitamin D, fracture, BMD, observational study
Research subject Epidemiology; Orthopaedics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-159837OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-159837DiVA: diva2:447119