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TITLE:

DEFICIENCY RATE OF VITAMIN-D IN FEMALE HEALTH CARE WORKERS OF FERTILE AGE

AUTHORS:

Hifza Habib, Muhammad Majid Kanwar, Moazmma Afzaal

ABSTRACT:

Objective: To determine the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in healthy female health care workers of accouchement age. Study Design: Cross-sectional descriptive study Place and Duration of Study: This was conducted at the Holy Family Hospital Rawalpindi from 1st july 2017_1st novemeber 2018 Materials and Methods: Two hundred and seventy healthy female doctors and nurses were recruited by random consecutive sampling. 25(OH) vitamin D and intact parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels were measured and effects of different variables were noted on vitamin D level. Results: Three subjects out of 270 were excluded because of abnormal PTH levels. Median age was 28±4 years. Mean value of 25(OH) vitamin D was found to be 13.94±6.91. 254 (95.13%) were found to be deficient in vitamin D. Significant correlation was found between vitamin D deficiency and use of veil, obesity/malnutrition, married females, fish intake and lack of sun exposure. Conclusion: Vitamin D deficiency has very high prevalence even in educated and relatively higher socioeconomic groups, even those having enough medical knowledge about its pathophysiology and effects.

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