Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin d insufficiency in search of a bone disease

Sonali Shah, Cherie Chiang, Ken Sikaris, Zhong Lu, Minh Bui, Roger Zebaze, Ego Seeman

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Context: Vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency are defined as serum 25-hydroxyVitamin D [25(OH)D] levels ,75 and ,30 nmol/L, respectively. We aimed to determine whether these values signal hypocalcemia and hypophosphatemia, secondary hyperparathyroidism, high bone remodeling, low arealbonemineral density (aBMD), microstructuraldeterioration,or reducedmatrix mineralization density (MMD) and so suggest whether bone fragility is present. Methods: Concentrations of 25(OH)D, calcium, phosphate, creatinine, and parathyroid hormone (PTH) were measured in 11,855 participants. Serum C-terminal telopeptide of type 1 collagen, procollagen type 1 N-terminal propeptide (P1NP), aBMD, and distal radius microstructure andMMD were measured in a second subset of 150 participants. Results: A breakpoint for calcium, PTH, and alkaline phosphatasewas identified at a threshold 25(OH)D level,30 nmol/L. There was no plateau beyond 75 nmol/L. In the subgroupwithmeasurements of bone morphology, no associations were detectable between serum 25(OH)D concentration, aBMD, trabecular density, cortical porosity, or MMD. Among 1439 participantswith serum25(OH)D,30 nmol/L, 6.1% had low serum calcium, 3.4% had low serum phosphate, 6.1% had high alkaline phosphatase, and 34.2% had elevated PTH. Most participants did not have any abnormalities. Conclusion: At a 25(OH)D threshold of #30 nmol/L, abnormalities in biochemical features support the notion of a deficiency state predisposing to bone disease. However, no deleterious effects were found in participants within an insufficiency threshold of a 25(OH)D level of 30 to 75 nmol/L, which challenges the rationale justifying Vitamin D supplementation in these individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2321-2328
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes

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