Screening Adolescents at Risk for Vitamin D Deficiency: A Retrospective Study

Renée L. Davis, Deborah G. Loman, Rebecca A. Lorenz

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Abstract

Clinical practice guidelines differ on screening recommendations and definitions for adequate vitamin D levels. A chart review of 32 overweight/obese adolescents showed that 91% had low vitamin D levels based on the Endocrine Society definition of sufficient levels (≥ 30 ng/mL), whereas only 56% were low based on the American Academy of Pediatrics definition of sufficient levels (>20 ng/mL). Nurse practitioners should routinely inquire about exercise, healthy diet, and outdoor activities to identify those at risk for low vitamin D. A consensus in recommendations for vitamin D screening and sufficient serum levels would be beneficial for nurse practitioners for early recognition and consistency in care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e317-e320
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Volume13
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2017

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • obesity
  • risk factors
  • screening
  • vitamin D

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