Aging Clinical and Experimental Research

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 47–51 | Cite as

Prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency among community dwelling elderly in Dakahlia as a representative of rural areas in Egypt

  • Walaa W. AlyEmail author
  • Mona A. Hussein
  • Somaia Moahamed. Ebeid
  • Ahmed K. Mortagy
Original Paper



Vitamin D has a basic role in bone growth and metabolism and has been noticed for its important role in many diseases.


To detect the prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency among the elderly in Dakahlia.


A cross-sectional study was conducted on 176 elderly patients (60 years and older) recruited from Meet Abbad-Nabaroh-Dakahlia, Egypt. The level of 25 hydroxy vitamin D (25OHD) was measured. A normal level of vitamin D is defined as a 25OHD concentration ≥30 ng/mL. Vitamin D insufficiency is defined as a 25OHD concentration of 20–29 ng/mL. Vitamin D deficiency is defined as a 25OHD level <20 ng/mL.


There were no cases of vitamin D deficiency among the studied population. The prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency (25OHD level of 20–29 ng/mL) among the elderly in Dakahlia was 26 %. Prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency was (37.9 %) in males and (15.3 %) in females.


There was a low prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency in an elderly rural population and a higher prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency among males than females.


Prevalence Vitamin D insufficiency Elderly 


Conflict of interest

The authors had no conflicts of interest of any kind.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walaa W. Aly
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mona A. Hussein
    • 1
  • Somaia Moahamed. Ebeid
    • 1
  • Ahmed K. Mortagy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Geriatrics and GerontologyAin Shams University Hospitals, Ain Shams UniversityCairoEgypt

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