Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among Palestinian female school teachers in Nablus
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Background: Cardiovascular diseases are associated with several risk factors such as hyperlipidemia and
diabetes mellitus. This study was conducted to estimate the prevalence of undiagnosed dyslipidemia and
hyperglycemia among healthy female teachers.
Methodology: A cross-sectional study included 229 healthy female teachers in Nablus city of Palestine.
A questionnaire and laboratory investigations were used to obtain personal and medical information, and
all data were categorized and analyzed.
Results: The overall prevalence of undiagnosed dyslipidemia, pre-diabetes, and diabetes mellitus (DM)
was 44.9%, 9.6% and 2.2%, respectively. Age showed a significant influence on dyslipidemia (total
cholesterol (TC), p = 0.002 and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), p = 0.03), as well as DM (p <
0.001). About 47.8% and 21.7% of obese participants had high TC (p = 0.04) and hyperglycemia (p =
0.02). Waist-to-hip ratio was significantly associated with hyperglycemia (p < 0.001) and
hypertriglyceridemia (TG) (p = 0.002). Participants with high TC (p = 0.036) and high LDL (P = 0.047),
do not do sufficient physical activity. Elevated blood pressure notably correlated with hyperglycemia (p <
0.001), while postmenopausal transition is associated significantly with DM (p = 0.004), high TC (p <
0.001) and high LDL (p < 0.001).
Conclusion: The prevalence of undiagnosed dyslipidemia and DM among healthy female teachers was
high. Many factors, including age, obesity, waist-to-hip ratio, and menopause were significantly associated
with dyslipidemia and DM.

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Topic: 12th LPHA conference 2022
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Nov. 21, 2022 - Nov. 24, 2022
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