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New Obesity Data Have Been Reported by Investigators at University of Michigan (Abdominal obesity is an independent predictor of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D deficiency in adults with cerebral palsy)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week -- New research on Diet and Nutrition Disorders is the subject of a report. According to news reporting originating from Ann Arbor, Michigan, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Individuals with cerebral palsy (CP) are at risk for nutritional insufficiency. The purpose of the study was to examine the vitamin D status of adults with CP, and to evaluate the association between vitamin D and functional level, age, race, and anthropometric indicators of adiposity."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the University of Michigan, "Serum vitamin D levels, BMI, waist circumference (WC), and functional level (measured by Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS)) were examined in 112 adults with CP. Vitamin D status was assessed by serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level (25(OH) D). The influence of motor impairment and adiposity on 25(OH) D were assessed using general linear modeling and logistic regression, with age, sex, race, and season as covariates. Mean vitamin D was 28.1 +/- 16.0 ng/ml. Only 45% of subjects had optimal levels of 25(OH) D, 21% were insufficient and 34% were deficient. Overweight or obesity was prevalent (52%), as was abdominal obesity in men (23.5% at 102 cm cutoff) and women (31.1% at 88 cm cutoff). There was a robust association between the indicator of visceral adiposity (WC) and 25(OH) D level (p < 0.001), even after controlling for age, sex, race, season, and GMFCS. According to sex-specific WC cutoffs, the odds of being deficient in vitamin D increase by a factor of 3.5 (95% CI 1.12-11.0) for abdominal obesity. GMFCS was not associated with 25(OH) D. Adults with CP are at risk for low vitamin D levels and overweight/obesity."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Waist circumference is a strong independent predictor for low vitamin D levels."

For more information on this research see: Abdominal obesity is an independent predictor of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D deficiency in adults with cerebral palsy. Nutrition & Metabolism, 2014;11():1-8. Nutrition & Metabolism can be contacted at: Biomed Central Ltd, 236 Grays Inn Rd, Floor 6, London WC1X 8HL, England. (BioMed Central -; Nutrition & Metabolism -

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M.D. Peterson, Univ Michigan Hlth Syst, Dept. of Phys Med & Rehabil, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, United States. Additional authors for this research include H.J. Haapala, A. Chaddha and E.A. Hurvitz (see also Diet and Nutrition Disorders).

Keywords for this news article include: Michigan, Ann Arbor, Bariatrics, United States, Overnutrition, Brain Diseases, Cerebral Palsy, Abdominal Obesity, Waist Circumference, Chronic Brain Damage, North and Central America, Diet and Nutrition Disorders, Central Nervous System Diseases

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