Vol2 Paper 9

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 Dereen Najat

 University of Sulaimani/college of Science/chemistry department.

Vitamin D deficiency may cause serious health complications in both pregnant women and their fetuses. Despite the abundance of sunlight in the Middle East, many research groups confirmed alarming vitamin D deficiency in the region. For the first time, this study investigated the association between vitamin D levels with miscarriage incidences in pregnant women residing in Sulaimani city. The participants in this study were 390 vieled and nonviled pregnant women. Each participant completed a questionnaire about her lifestyle, including smoking status and nutritional supplement usage. An electrochemiluminescence binding assay was used to measure non-fasting serum concentration of total 25-hydroxyvitamin D. SPSS software was used for statistical analysis, P< 0.05 was considered significant throughout all the tests. Of all the women in this study, 82.3% were severely vitamin D deficient, 9.7 % were vitamin D insufficient, whereas only 7.9 % of the pregnant women were vitamin D sufficient. In total 17.1% of the study participants had pregnancy loss (miscarriage, still birth) and 8.9% of the participants had miscarriages. In conclusion, a high percentage of participitants had vitamin D deficiency; also vitamin D deficiency was not associated with pregnancy losses; further research is needed to confirm vitamin D roles in pregnancy losses. 

25 hydroxyvitamin D; miscarriages; dietary calcium intake; dietary vitamin D intake; vitamin D deficiency; prevalence.

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