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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 40

Dietary intake of Vitamin D and its relation with blood pressure in the elderly population


1 Department of Clinical Nutrition, School of Nutrition and Food Science, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
2 Department of Clinical Nutrition, School of Nutrition and Food Science, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
3 Department of Community Nutrition, School of Nutrition and Food Science, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

Date of Submission13-Jan-2018
Date of Acceptance31-Jan-2019
Date of Web Publication03-Apr-2019

Correspondence Address:
Gholamreza Askari
Department of Community Nutrition, School of Nutrition and Food Science, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan
Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2008-7802.255417

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  Abstract 


Background: Population studies have demonstrated that there is an inverse association between dietary intake of vitamin D and the mean blood pressure in elderly in particular. So, we investigated the correlation between vitamin D intake and the mean blood pressure in the elderly with and without nursing care. Methods: Based on a cross-sectional design, this study was conducted on 152 old people with and without nursing care. Assessment of the dietary intake of nutrients was done by an expert dietitian using food frequency questionnaire and nutritionist IV software analyzer. Also, the mean blood pressure was extracted from participants' files. The independent samplet-test, Chi-square test, and partial correlation test were used for data analysis. Results: Mean ± SD age, weight, height, body mass index (BMI) of participants, and the percentage of male/females were 68.7 ± 5.5 years, 63.5 ± 7.9 kg, 162.5 ± 7.1 cm, 24.1 ± 3.4 kg/m2 and 48.7/51.3, respectively. Also, a significant negative relationship was observed between vitamin D intake and systolic blood pressure in all participants (P value = 0.028, r = −0.179). There was no significant correlation between vitamin D intake and diastolic blood pressure (P value = 0.558, r = −0.048). Conclusions: The findings revealed that the nursing care can improve dietary intake of vitamin D in the elderly population. Also, a negative correlation was found between vitamin D intake and systolic blood pressure among all the elderly.

Keywords: Blood pressure, diet, elderly, vitamin D


How to cite this article:
Faraji H, Jamshidi S, Beigrezaei S, Askari G. Dietary intake of Vitamin D and its relation with blood pressure in the elderly population. Int J Prev Med 2019;10:40

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Faraji H, Jamshidi S, Beigrezaei S, Askari G. Dietary intake of Vitamin D and its relation with blood pressure in the elderly population. Int J Prev Med [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Jun 20];10:40. Available from: http://www.ijpvmjournal.net/text.asp?2019/10/1/40/255417




  Introduction Top


Malnutrition is one of major problems of the elderly population. Meanwhile, social and physical changes can cause acute and chronic diseases. Wrong dietary habits like poor diet, and low food intake can also result in these complications.[1],[2]

High blood pressure which is an important public health concern is responsible for 6% of deaths worldwide and can result in peripheral vascular disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, and end-stage renal diseases.[3],[4] Since high blood pressure can be asymptomatic, detection and treatment are essential especially among those with a high risk.[5] Low physical activity, high stress level, smoking, high intake of saturated fatty acid and salt, as well as low intake of fruits, vegetables, and dairy products can increase the risk of hypertension.[6]

The consumption of dairy products due to high content of vitamin D, and calcium can lead to lower blood pressure.[7] Since elderly population have low intake of vitamin D, limited exposure to sunlight, and insufficient capacity in their skin to produce vitamin D, different studies have suggested their high risk of deficiency and related complications.[8]

Vitamin D has a critical role in increasing calcium absorption, lowering vascular smooth muscle tone, decreasing lipogenesis, and increasing lipolysis.[7],[9] On the other hand, vitamin D is a negative endocrine regulator of the renin-angiotensin system, and blood pressure.[10] Since hypertension complications can worsen by age and dietary factors,[3],[6] and as lower dietary intake and malabsorption in the elderly is prevalent, so nutritional care can increase the intake of nutrients in this vulnerable group and improve their health.[11],[12]

Since vitamin D intake can have some roles in reducing hypertension, the aim of this study was to assess the dietary intake of vitamin D and its relation with the mean systolic, and diastolic blood pressure among the elderly with and without nursing care.


  Materials and Methods Top


Study design

This cross-sectional study was conducted on the elderly with and without nursing care in Isfahan, Iran in 2017. Inclusion criteria were: non-smoking, age over 60 years, and no vitamin D supplementation. The elderly with care were selected from the elderly living in the centers and the elderly without care from the elderly referring to the center at the beginning of the entry. Overall, according to the sample size calculation with 95% confidence level, 152 elderly people were enrolled in the study, all of whom completed the consent form. This study was approved by the Ethics Committee of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences (Ir.mui.rec. 1395.1.200).

Basic data and anthropometric assessment

Data about age, drug uses, number of chronic diseases, as well as mean systolic and diastolic blood pressure of each participant were extracted from their own medical file. Blood pressure was measured using a sphygmomanometer with an appropriate cuff. Weight was determined by a digital scale to the nearest 100 g and height was measured with a tape to the nearest 0.5 cm (without shoes). Eventually, body mass index was calculated by the formula (wt/ht2).

Dietary assessment

The dietary intake of the elderly with and without nursing care was also evaluated by an expert nutritionist using the semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire. The validity and reliability of the questionnaire used in the elderly population had been assessed in previous studies.[13] The amount of consumption of each common food was determined which was converted to g/day by N4 software to measure the daily intake of each nutrient.

Statistical analysis

Independent sample t-test and Chi-square test were used to compare the demographical data and vitamin D intake between the elderly with and without nursing care. Also, partial correlation test was used to determine the association between vitamin D intake and blood pressure adjusted energy intake among all participants. In addition, Kolmogrov-Smirnov test was used to confirm the normal distribution of variables. A statistical analysis was performed using SPSS (version 22) and P value less than 0.05 was considered as the significance level.


  Results Top


In this study, 82 elderly with nursing care and 70 elderly without nursing care participated. The mean age, weight, height, body mass index of participants, and the percentage of male/females were 68.7 ± 5.5 years, 63.5 ± 7.9 kg, 162.5 ± 7.1 cm, 24.1 ± 3.4 kg/m2 and 48.7/51.3, respectively. Demographic data is presented in [Table 1].
Table 1: Demographic data and vitamin d intake of elderlies

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Dietary intake of vitamin d among all participants is presented in [Table 1]. Also, intake of vitamin D among the elderly with care was higher than the elderly without care (P value = 0.003). Systolic blood pressure of the elderly with care was lower than in the elderly without care (P value = 0.007) [Table 1].

In [Table 2] it outlines partial correlation test related to vitamin D intake and blood pressure adjusted energy intake by gender and also in all participants. There was no significant correlation between vitamin D intake and blood pressure among men or women group. However, a significant negative correlation was found between vitamin D intake and systolic blood pressure among all elderlies (P value = 0.028, r = −0.179).
Table 2: Partial correlation of vitamin D intake with blood pressure by gender and also among all elderly

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  Discussion Top


In the present study, a significant negative correlation was observed between the intake of vitamin D and systolic blood pressure among all participants [Table 2]. However, this negative relationship was not further confirmed among elderly by gender. Other findings from the present study suggested that the intake of vitamin D was higher among the elderly under nursing care compared to the elderly without nursing care.

Senescence is associated with a change in body composition, organ function, energy intake, and the ability to eat and access to food.[14],[15] The results of studies differed in the prevalence of nutritional problems and malnutrition across different situations (free living, under the care of the elderly or in hospitals). The results of Mokhber et al. showed that the prevalence of malnutrition in these individuals was 11.5% and the rate of elderly with high risk of malnutrition was 44%.[16] Saka et al. also reported prevalence of malnutrition and individuals at risk of malnutrition among 181 outpatients from Turkey as 13% and 31%,[14] respectively. Among the nutrients, vitamin D and calcium deficiency are considerable in elderly population. The study of Ter Borg et al. indicated that the dietary intake of thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, and selenium were low among older adults in addition to deficiency of calcium and vitamin D.[17]

After the age of 50 or 60s, increased blood pressure is mainly due to systolic blood pressure. Diastolic blood pressure increases spontaneously with age, while systolic blood pressure increases mainly due to functional and structural changes in arterial vessels.[18] In the major arteries, aging causes contraction of calcium proteins, destruction and reduction of elastin, and increased number of collagen fibers. These age-related changes in systolic blood pressure are associated with cardiovascular disease and increased risk of death.[19] Poverty, loneliness, and social isolation are the factors that reduce the intake of energy and malnutrition.[20] In addition to low energy intake by the elderly who are deprived of health care, micronutrient and macronutrient intake is also lower. With changes in the concepts of aging and caring, the importance of food and nutrition in the prevention and management of illnesses in the elderly is highlighted.[21] The relationships between appropriate nutrition services, positive health outcomes, and reduced health care costs for older people have been proven.[22] Good nutrition and personal well-being in the elderly are beneficial to both the individual and the community. With improved health, dependency, hospitalization, and the time it takes to recover from the illness are reduced. Indeed, desirable nutrition plays an important role in the health of the elderly.[23]

Various mechanisms have been proposed for the effect of vitamin D on blood pressure, one of which is the renin-angiotensin system.[24] Renin-angiotensin system seems to be one of the most important contributors to systolic blood pressure.[25] Studies in animals have shown that 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D reduces renin gene expression by a mechanism that is bound to the vitamin D receptor and thus reduces blood pressure.[26] Vitamin D can also exert antihypertensive effects through different molecular mechanisms.[27] Vitamin D indirectly regulates the magnitude of calcium absorption from the intestine and interacts with parathyroid hormone which is related to blood pressure in directly.[28]

Cross-sectional studies have reported contradictory results regarding the intake of vitamin D in people with hypertension. Snijder et al. investigated the relationship between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D], as well as PTH levels and blood pressure in elderly men and women. In this study, serum 25(OH)D was not associated with blood pressure.[29] However, a wider study of 15,000 Norwegian men and women aged 25-69 years did not show any significant correlation between the intake of vitamin D and blood pressure.[30] Also, in a combined study of three cohort studies, out of a total of 20,913 participants, including elderly men and women, no significant effect was found by high levels of vitamin D in reducing the risk of hypertension.[31] However, the present study showed a significant inverse relationship between vitamin D intake and systolic blood pressure among all participants. Mendelian randomization study evaluated the relationship between the 25(OH)D concentration and blood pressure and risk of hypertension. According to the results of this study, the risk of hypertension diminished following elevation of plasma concentrations of 25(OH)D.[32] Another study found an inverse association between 25(OH)D and all-causes and cardiovascular disease mortality in healthy adults with serum 25(OH) D levels of ≤21 ng/mL.[33]

Concerning the strengths of the current study, the results obtained regarding the intake of vitamin D is valuable thanks to controlling the confounding variable of energy intake.

The weakness of this study was the relatively low number of participants, which may have affected the outcomes. Therefore, more extensive studies with larger sample sizes are proposed for the future research.


  Conclusions Top


The results of this study indicated that the dietary intake of vitamin D had a negative correlation with the systolic blood pressure in the all elderly. In addition, dietary intake of vitamin D was high in the elderly group under nursing care, while systolic blood pressure was low in this group. Since lack of attention to dietary care in the elderly population is prevalent, diet and lifestyle health care can improve intake of vitamin D, which can result in lower blood pressure. Accordingly, more studies should be conducted in the future to confirm the results of our study.

Acknowledgments

This article is part of a research project registered at the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences (195200) and sponsored by the university. We thank the all the people participating in this study.

Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.



 
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