Natural selection at work? Vitamin D deficiency rates and rising health problems in young Turkish Cypriot professionals.

Kandemiş E., Tuncel G., Fahrioğlu U., Temel Ş. G. , Mocan G., Ergören M. Ç.

Central European journal of public health, vol.29, pp.130-133, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.21101/cejph.a6117
  • Title of Journal : Central European journal of public health
  • Page Numbers: pp.130-133
  • Keywords: vitamin D deficiency, VDR, polymorphism, young professionals, Turkish Cypriots, CANCER, SUSCEPTIBILITY, POLYMORPHISM, ASSOCIATION, RS2228570, DISEASE, RISK, BONE


Objectives: Vitamin D is a fat-soluble, prohormone vitamin that is important especially for bone mineralization and skeletal health. In recent years, vitamin D deficiency appeared as a worldwide problem, affecting many people in different ways including the Northern Cypriot population. The deficiency might be caused by the lack of exposure to sunlight, diet low in vitamin D, sedentary lifestyle, and also due to some genetic variations in the vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene.