Relationship Between Degree of Obesity and Vitamin D Level in Obese Women Applying to A Family Medicine Outpatient Clinic

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Number of pages: 30-37
Year-Number: 2021-2

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Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the degree of obesity and vitamin
D level in obese women who applied to a family medicine outpatient clinic.
Methods: In our cross-sectional and descriptive study, 297 obese female patients who applied to our
family medicine outpatient clinic were included. The patients were evaluated by the researcher in the
polyclinic, sociodemographic information and medical history was obtained, anthropometric
measurements were made and vitamin D results were recorded.
Results: The mean age of the 297 female patients included in the study was 44.7±11.7 years. A
significant relationship was found between the degree of obesity and vitamin D level (p=0.001)..
Statistically, a significant relationship was detected between the presence of menopause and vitamin D
level (p=0.000).
Conclusions: In the present study, it was observed that as the degree of obesity increased, the level of
vitamin D decreased. And, vitamin D levels of the women in menopause were higher than the women
who were not in menopause. Vitamin D supplementation during menopause may explain this
unexpected relationship. Family physicians should make vitamin D supplementation in addition to diet
and other recommendations in obese patients when necessary.

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