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Vitamin D Deficiency is not Associated with Fatty Liver in a Mexican Population

Fabiola López-Bautista, Carlos Posadas-Romero, Luz Y. Ruiz-Vargas, Guillermo Cardoso-Saldaña, Juan G. Juárez-Rojas, Aida Medina-Urrutia, Nonanzit Pérez-Hernández, José M. Rodríguez-Pérez, Gilberto Vargas-Alarcón, Rosalinda Posadas-Sánchez


Introduction and aim. Association of vitamin D deficiency (VDD) with fatty liver (FL) disease is controversial. The purpose of this study was to analyze the association of VDD with FL. Material and methods. Cross-sectional study. Data on cardiovascular risk factors, medications, alcohol intake, smoking, diet, and physical activity were obtained. Biochemical, anthropometric, and blood pressure variables were measured. The 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) was quantified through chemoluminescence. The presence of FL, defined as a liver/spleen attenuation index lower than 1.0, was identified through computed axial tomography (CAT). Results. The study included 1,467 subjects (49.7% men) with a mean age of 53.3 ± 9.3 years and BMI of 28.3 ± 4.0 kg/m2. Only 11% had optimum values of vitamin D, and 25(OH)D concentration was lower in participants with FL. Multivariate logistic regression models, adjusted for age, gender, BMI, sampling season, glucose, total cholesterol, triglycerides, HOMA-IR, hs-CRP, ALT, AST, and elevated VAT, revealed an association between FL and vitamin D (VD) insufficiency (RM 1.61 [0.99-2.61]) and with VDD (RM 1.68 [1.02-2.77]); however, statistical significance was lost when including caloric consumption and physical activity in the model. Conclusions. In Mexican adults, deficient VD concentration and FL were not independently associated of caloric consumption and physical activity.

Key words. 25 (OH) D., Physical activity., Diet.

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The Official Journal of the Mexican Association of Hepatology, the Latin-American Association for the Study of the Liver and the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver

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