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Determinants of Plasma 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Concentrations among Breast Cancer Survivors in Korea

Shin, Woo-Kyoung, Kim, Zisun, Youn, Hyun Jo, Cho, Jihyoung, Lee, Jung Eun
Nutrients 2018 v.10 no.3
blood plasma, body mass index, breast neoplasms, lifestyle, models, smoking (habit), spring, summer, surgery, vitamin D, vitamin D deficiency, vitamin status, winter, Korean Peninsula
We identified demographic, lifestyle, and clinical factors associated with vitamin D status among breast cancer survivors. The vitamin D prediction model may be a useful surrogate of circulating 25-hydroxvitamin D (25(OH)D) concentrations when this measure was not available. We included a total of 216 Korean breast cancer survivors aged 21–79 years who had been diagnosed with stage I to III primary breast cancer and had breast cancer surgery at least 6 months before enrolment. We used linear and logistic regressions to identify determinants for the plasma 25(OH)D concentrations and vitamin D insufficiency (plasma 25(OH)D concentration < 50 nmol/L). We observed that 48.85% of breast cancer survivors had a plasma 25(OH)D concentration less than 50 nmol/L. We identified the following determinants for plasma 25(OH)D concentrations: time since diagnosis (β = −0.005 for 1 month increment), supplementary vitamin D intake (β = 0.06 for 10 μg/day increment), season of the blood draw (β = 0.35 for summer; β = 0.32 for fall; β = 0.26 for winter vs. spring), smoking status (β = 0.28 for former vs. never), use of any supplement (β = −0.35 for non-use vs. use), and the parity number (β = −0.30 for three or more vs. one) were associated with the plasma 25(OH)D concentrations. In addition to the aforementioned variables, body mass index (BMI) was associated with the prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency. We identified the determinants for the plasma 25(OH)D concentrations among Korean breast cancer survivors. Future studies are needed to investigate the role of vitamin D in the progression of breast cancer among Korean breast cancer survivors.