Relationship between vitamin D deficiency and serum ferritin level in healthy women
Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that regulates many biological processes and involved in the activity of many organs like the skin, bone, kidney, etc. ferritin is an essential marker for assessment of anemic status. The current study aimed to assess the relationship between ferritin and vitamin D3 in healthy women at various age groups. A cross-sectional study carried out in Ramadi city and involved 92 healthy women aged from 20-50 years, the participants divided into two groups according to age: group I with age 20 – 35 years and group II with age 36 – 50 years. In the present study mean vitamin D3 in group II 11.8 ± 3.5 ng/dL was significantly lower than group I (35.3 ± 12.2 ng/dL) p-value < 0.001, a similar finding observed for ferritin (19.6 ± 13.9 vs 66.7 ± 52.1, p-value <0.001). There was a direct relationship between ferritin with vitamin D. However, this relationship was only significant in group II (p-value <0.05), while in group I it was statistically significant. In conclusion, low vitamin D levels associated with low ferritin, indicating that vitamin D deficiency is associated with anemia.
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