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Impact of lifestyle and dietary habits on hypovitaminosis D in type 1 diabetes mellitus and healthy children from Qatar, a sun-rich country.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism
1421-9697
Publisher
S. Karger AG
Publication Date
Volume
53
Issue
3-4
Pages
215–222
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1159/000184439
PMID: 19077420
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The present study revealed that vitamin D deficiency is a common problem in Qatari children, but the incidence of vitamin D deficiency becomes very severe in T1DM children, compared with healthy children. This suggests that there is an association between vitamin D deficiency and T1DM. The data show that vitamin D status is dependent on sunshine exposure and dietary vitamin D intake. The results suggest the necessity of nutrition education to promote healthy eating habits among adolescents and their parents.

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