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Findings from Ondokuz Mayis University in the Area of Menopause Described

Women's Health Weekly


By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Women's Health Weekly -- Investigators discuss new findings in Menopause. According to news reporting from Kurupelit, Turkey, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Vitamin D deficiency may be more common in pre-menopausal women than previously thought and it may impair quality of life (QoL). The aim of this study is to evaluate QoL in pre-menopausal women with vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Ondokuz Mayis University, "This is a cross-sectional study in which subjects were enrolled between September 1st and November 30th, 2011. Healthy premenopausal women with weakness, fatigue and non-specific pain were assigned into three groups according to their 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD) levels: <= 20 ng/ml (vitamin D deficient, no.=30), 21-29 ng/ml (vitamin D insufficient, no.=30) and 30 ng/ml (vitamin D sufficient, no.=20). Short form-36 (SF-36) scores, age, calcium (Ca), phosphorus (P), and PTH levels were compared among the groups and correlations of SF-36 scores with age, serum 25-OHD, Ca, P, and PTH were done. There were significant differences among the groups with regard to PTH (p=0.008), physical component score (p=0.02), mental component score (p=0.035), physical functioning score (p=0.0001), and vitality score (p=0.05). Apart from PTH and physical functioning score, the results were significant when vitamin D-insufficient and -sufficient women were compared. Serum 25-OHD, but not PTH was correlated with some of the scales of SF-36."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Some components of QoL are impaired not only in vitamin D deficient but also in insufficient pre-menopausal women, and impairment is related to 25-OHD rather than PTH levels."

For more information on this research see: Quality of life is impaired not only in vitamin D deficient but also in vitamin D-insufficient pre-menopausal women. Journal of Endocrinological Investigation, 2013;36(8):622-627. Journal of Endocrinological Investigation can be contacted at: Springer, 233 Spring St, New York, NY 10013, USA (see also Menopause).

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting G.C. Ecemis, Ondokuz Mayis University, Sch Med, Dept. of Internal Med, Div Endocrinol & Metab, TR-55139 Kurupelit, Samsun, Turkey.

Keywords for this news article include: Turkey, Eurasia, Genetics, Kurupelit, Menopause, Women's Health, Quality of Life

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