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ISRN Endocrinology
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 109458, 4 pages
Research Article

Prevalence of Decreased Vitamin D Levels is High among Veterans with Diabetes and/or CKD

1Section of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Stratton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208, USA
2Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, 511, East Stoner, Shreveport, LA 71104, USA

Received 15 April 2011; Accepted 12 June 2011

Academic Editors: V. Saengsirisuwan and M. Tambascia

Copyright © 2011 Subhashini Yaturu and Jared Davis. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a variety of skeletal and extraskeletal problems. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among veterans in sunny Louisiana. Methods. Using the VA computerized patient record system, we searched for all 25 (OH) Vitamin D and 1, 25 (OH) vitamin D levels that were measured between 2007 and 2009. The information collected for each patient included age, body mass index, creatinine, history of diabetes and hypertension, and levels of vitamin D and PTH. We determined the number of individuals who were vitamin D insufficient and deficient. Results. Among 2990 studies evaluated, the mean concentration of 25 (OH) D was 2 2 . 5 ± 0 . 2  ng/mL, and that of 1, 25 (OH) vitamin D was 2 9 . 2 ± 0 . 4  ng/mL. Among them, only 695 subjects (23%) had normal values, while 889 (30%) had insufficiency, and 1405 (47%) had deficiency. Subjects with diabetes (1041) had significantly ( 𝑃 < 0 . 0 0 0 1 ) lower levels (21 and 25 ng/mL) of both 25 (OH) and 1,25 (OH) vitamin D compared to subjects without diabetes (23 and 32 ng/mL). Similarly, subjects with chronic kidney disease (1128) had much lower vitamin D levels than subjects without CKD. Among subjects with diabetes, those with chronic kidney disease (512) had much lower levels of both 25 (OH) and 1,25 (OH) vitamin D than with those with normal creatinine levels. Conclusions. We conclude that vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency is highly prevalent in veterans, more so among subjects with diabetes and/or CKD.