Publication Date

1-1-2017

Abstract

Studies monitoring Vitamin D status in athletes are seldom conducted for a period of 12 months or longer, thereby lacking insight into seasonal fluctuations. The objective of the current study was to identify seasonal changes in total 25-hydroxyVitamin D (25(OH)D) concentration throughout the year. Fifty-Two, mainly Caucasian athletes with a sufficient 25(OH)Dconcentration ( > 75 nmol/L) in June were included in this study. Serum 25(OH)D concentration was measured every three months (June, September, December, March, June). In addition, Vitamin D intake and sun exposure were assessed by questionnaires at the same time points. Highest total 25(OH)D concentrations were found at the end of summer (113 ± 26 nmol/L), whereas lowest concentrations were observed at the end of winter (78 ± 30 nmol/L). Although all athletes had a sufficient 25(OH)D concentration at the start of the study, nearly 20% of the athletes were deficient ( < 50 nmol/L) in late winter.

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Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Document Type

Journal Article

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