Vitamin-D Status in Type 1 Diabetic Children and Teenagers in Karbala, Iraq


  • Waleed Khalid Al-Najafi Karbala Teaching Hospital of Children


Vitamin-D status, T1DM , children and teenagers, Karbala, Iraq


Background: Vitamin-D deficiency now is considered very important subject in clinical endocrinology. Low vitamin-D levels was detected in many metabolic and immune disorders like Diabetes-Mellitus type 1 (T1DM).
Aim: evaluation of vitamin-D status of children & teenagers with T1DM in Karbala, Iraq. Patients and Methods: 171 subject enrolled in case-control study, divided into two groups; diabetic patients 121 cases (48 male and 73 female), aged 5-16 years and the control non diabetic 50 (26 female and 24 male) children with matched age and sex. 25-(OH)D3 measured for all subjects, glycosylated hemoglobin was measured for diabetic cases.
Results: level of vitamin-D was significantly lower for diabetic cases (p=.003). Further analysis of vitamin-D using 10ng/ml as cutoff level to assess vitamin-D severe deficiency between diabetic patients and controls shows that percent of severity of vitamin-D deficiency within diabetic cases (42%) was more than control (12%) which was highly significant.
Conclusion: diabetic children are more susceptible to deficiency of vitamin-D than non-diabetic with more prevalence of severe deficiency among them. measuring of vitamin-D for all T1DM children is recommended.


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Al-Najafi, W. K. (2019). Vitamin-D Status in Type 1 Diabetic Children and Teenagers in Karbala, Iraq. Karbala Journal of Medicine, 11(2), 4011. Retrieved from