Factors associated with change in 25-hydroxyvitamin d levels over longitudinal follow-up in the aric study

Rebeccah A. McKibben, Di Zhao, Pamela L. Lutsey, Andrea L C Schneider, Eliseo Guallar, Thomas H. Mosley, Erin D. Michos

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Context: A single measurement of 25-hydroxyVitamin D (25 [OH] D) may not accurately reflect long-term Vitamin D status. Little is known about change in 25(OH)D levels over time, particularly among blacks. Objective: The objective of the study was to determine the longitudinal changes in 25(OH)D levels among Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study participants. Design: This was a longitudinal study. Setting: The study was conducted in the general community. Participants: A total of 9890 white and 3222 black participants at visit 2 (1990â€"1992), 888 whites and 876 blacks at visit 3 (1993â€"1994), and 472 blacks at the brain visit (2004â€"2006) participated in the study. Main Outcome Measure: The 25(OH)D levels were measured, and regression models were used to assess the associations between clinical factors and longitudinal changes in 25(OH)D. Results: VitaminDdeficiency (<50 nmol/L [<20 ng/mL]) was seen in23%and25%of whites at visits 2 and 3, and in 61%, 70%, and 47% of blacks at visits 2, 3, and the brain visit, respectively. The 25(OH)D levels were correlated between visits 2 and 3 (3 y interval) among whites (r = 0.73) and blacks (r = 0.66). Among blacks, the correlation between visit 2 and the brain visit (14 y interval) was 0.33. Overall, increases in 25(OH)D levels over time was associated with male gender, use of Vitamin D supplements, greater physical activity, and higher high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (P < .001). Decreases in 25(OH)D levels over time were associated with current smoking, higher body mass index, higher education, diabetes, and hypertension (all P < .05). Conclusions: Among US blacks and whites, 25(OH)D levels remained relatively stable over time. Certain modifiable lifestyle factors were associated with change in 25(OH)D levels over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-43
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2016

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Funding Information:
We thank the staff and participants of the ARIC study for their important contributions. This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (Grant R01NS072243 to E.D.M.), the NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) (Grant R01HL103706 to P.L.L.), the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (Grant R01HL103706-S1 to P.L.L.), and the NIH/NHLBI (Grant R01HL70825 to T.H.M.). A.L.C.S. was supported by NIH/NHLBI Training Grant T32HL007024. The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study is carried out as a collaborative study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute contracts (Grants HHSN268201100005C, HHSN268201100006C, HHSN268201100007C, HHSN268201100008C, HHSN26820 1100009C, HHSN268201100010C, HHSN268201100011C, and HHSN268201100012C).

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Copyright © 2016 by the Endocrine Society.


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