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Association of vitamin D deficiency and hyperparathyroidism with anemia: a cross-sectional study

Authors Golbahar J, Altayab D, Carreon E, Darwish A

Received 24 April 2013

Accepted for publication 21 June 2013

Published 30 August 2013 Volume 2013:4 Pages 123—128

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JBM.S47171

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Jamal Golbahar,1,2 Diab Altayab,1,2 Elizareth Carreon,1,2 Abdullah Darwish3

1Department of Molecular Medicine, College of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Arabian Gulf University, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain; 2Diagnostic Services, HH Princess Al-Jawhara Centre for Genetic Diagnosis and Research, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain; 3Department of Pathology and Laboratory, Royal Medical Services, Bahrain Defense Force Hospital, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

Abstract: Vitamin D deficiency and anemia are common in the Middle East, and vitamin D deficiency and hyperparathyroidism have been reported to be associated with an increased prevalence of anemia. In this study, the hypothesis that vitamin D deficiency and hyperparathyroidism may be associated with anemia in a Bahraini population was tested. Association of hyperparathyroidism and vitamin D levels (deficiency and insufficiency) with anemia was investigated in 421 Bahrainis (213 males and 208 females). In females, the prevalence of anemia was significantly associated with vitamin D deficiency independent of parathyroid hormone levels (odds ratio: 2.9; 95% confidence interval: 2.3–10.5; P = 0.001). In females, the prevalence of anemia appeared to be significantly associated with hyperparathyroidism (odds ratio: 2.1; 95% confidence interval: 1.2–3.7; P = 0.01); however, this significant association disappeared when adjusted for vitamin D deficiency (odds ratio: 1.6; 95% confidence interval: 0.75–6.5; P = 0.154). Results from this study suggest that vitamin D deficiency is independently associated with anemia in females but not males. Further studies to determine whether vitamin D supplementation could be used to treat anemia are warranted.

Keywords: vitamin D, deficiency, hyperparathyroidism, anemia


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