Open Access Research Article Article ID: JFSNT-4-111

    Dietary intake of vitamin D in the Moroccan adolescents

    El-houcine Sebbar*, Hicham Sam, Ennouamane Saalaoui and Mohammed Choukri

    Aims: Most epidemiological studies show that vitamin D defi ciency is frequent in the general population including adolescents. The aim of our work is to evaluate the dietary intake of vitamin D in the Moroccan adolescents.

    Methods: This study included 257 Moroccan adolescents who performed a vitamin D questionnaire (VDQ), covering the consumption of four foods with high vitamin D content (fi sh, milk, margarine and yoghurt).

    Results: The average dietary vitamin D intake was 4.6μg/day. This observational study on Moroccan adolescents indicates a high prevalence of insuffi cient vitamin D intake, and below the recommended consumption values, particularly in girls.

    Conclusion: Inadequate vitamin D intake is common among the adolescents. To fi ght against this situation, initiatives must be implemented, including improved population education, lifestyle and vitamin D supplementation, in order to avoid serious adverse health consequences of bone.

    Keywords: Dietary intake; Vitamin D; Questionnaire; Adolescents

    Published on: Jan 5, 2018 Pages: 1-3

    Full Text PDF Full Text HTML DOI: 10.17352/jfsnt.000011
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