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An Integrated Predictive Model of Population Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D for Application in Strategy Development for Vitamin D Deficiency Prevention
Cashman KD1, Kazantzidis A2, 3, Webb AR3, Kiely M1
1Cork Centre for Vitamin D and Nutrition Research, University College Cork, Ireland
2Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics, Physics Department, University of Patras, Patras, Greece
3School of Earth Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
To enable food-based strategies for prevention of vitamin D deficiency to be evidence-based, there is a need to develop integrated predictive models of population serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] that are responsive to both solar and dietary inputs of vitamin D.
The objectives of this work were to develop and validate an integrated mathematical model with the use of data on UVB availability, exposure, and dietary intake to predict serum 25(OH)D concentrations in a nationally representative sample of adults, and then test the model's performance with the use of 3 hypothetical fortification scenarios.
Data on UVB availability and hours of sunlight in Ireland were used in a model to predict serum 25(OH)D in Irish adults aged 18-64 y. An equation from dose-related vitamin D supplementation trial in adults was developed and integrated into the model, which allowed us to predict the impact of changes in dietary vitamin D on the contribution to annual serum 25(OH)D concentrations, accounting for seasonality of UVB availability. Recently published estimates of the impact of 3 vitamin D food fortification scenarios on vitamin D intake in a representative sample of Irish adults were used in the model as a test (1).
The UVB- and vitamin D intake-serum 25(OH)D components of the integrated model were both validated with the use of independent data. The model predicted that the percentage of vitamin D deficiency in the population during an extended winter period was 18.1%, which could be reduced in a stepwise manner with the incorporation of an increased number of vitamin D-fortified foods, down to 6.6% with the inclusion of enhanced fortified dairy-related products, fat spreads, fruit juice and drinks, and cereal products.
Mathematical models have the ability to inform how vitamin D fortification in various constructs may affect serum 25(OH)D concentrations and the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency.
(1) Black LJ, Walton J, Flynn A, Cashman KD, Kiely M. Small increments in vitamin D intake by Irish adults over a decade show that strategic initiatives to fortify the food supply are needed. J Nutr. 2015 May; 145(5): 969-76.