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1 Vitamin D metabolism Dr Salah Mansy Consultant Paediatrician Conquest Hospital

2 Objectives Understand physiology and pathophysiology of vitamin D Clinical presentations of vit D deficiency/insufficiency Prevention and treatment of vit D deficiency/insufficiency Thoughts for the future

3 Human skeleton Protein matrix: osteoid (90%), osteocalcin and other proteins calcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, sodium, magnesium, and citrate Dynamic

4 Definitions Rickets: only in growing children. Poor mineralisation before fusion of the epiphyses. Osteomalacia: poor mineralization at all ages. All patients with rickets have osteomalacia, but not all patients with osteomalacia have rickets Osteoporosis: poor mineralization and loss of bone volume

5 Epidemiology A disease of 19 th and 20 th century in northern Europe and the United States Resurgence of vitamin D deficiency in UK Recent prevalence data in UK children is lacking Adult study 46.6% of white adults are vit D deficient. Am J Clin Nutr 2007;85:860-8 One in 8 white, 1 in 4 African Caribbean, 1 in 3 Asian adults are vit D deficient. Ann Clin Biochem 2006; 43:468-73

6 Risk factors Exclusively breast fed Multiple short interval pregnancies Vegetarian (or other non-fish eating) diet Lack of sunlight exposure Cultural influence on dress Sedentary indoors lifestyle Sunscreen use Fear of cancer Pigmented skin Obesity Malabsorption, short bowl or cholestatic liver disease Use of anticonvulsants, rifampicin, cholestyramin, glucocorticoids or highly active antiretroviral treatment (HAART)

7 Sources Ultraviolet B sunlight exposure 90% of supply Oily fish Cod liver oils Infant formula milk (400 IU/L) some breakfast cereals, breads and margarine Breast milk: low (12–60 IU/L) Egg yolk (20 IU) Mushrooms (small quantities)

8 AgeMaleFemalePregnancyLactation 0–12 months* 400 IU (10 mcg) 1–13 years 600 IU (15 mcg) 14–18 years 600 IU (15 mcg) 19–50 years 600 IU (15 mcg) 51–70 years 600 IU (15 mcg) >70 years 800 IU (20 mcg) * Adequate Intake (AI) Table 2: Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Vitamin D [1]1

9 The metabolic pathway of vitamin D, indicating its conversion to the hormone 1,25(OH)2D3 and to 24,25(OH)2D3. Vitamin D2 (ergosterol), of plant origin, appears to undergo similar metabolic steps.

10 Physiology 1,25-D: Intestine: marked increase in calcium absorption, less significant increase in phosphorus absorption ( most dietary phosphorus absorption is vitamin D–independent) Bone resorption PTH secretion suppression (negative feedback loop) Kidney: inhibits its own synthesis and increases the synthesis of inactive metabolites 25-D is the standard method for determining a patient's vitamin D status because there is little regulation of the liver hydroxylation step.

11 Physiology Parathyroid hormone (PTH) and vitamin D are the principal regulators of calcium homeostasis Calcitonin and PTH-related peptide (PTHrP) are important primarily in the fetus. Phosphate homeostasis is regulated by the kidneys because intestinal phosphate absorption is nearly complete and renal excretion determines the serum level

12 Causes of Rickets Vitamin D deficiency Nutritional vitamin D deficiency Congenital vitamin D deficiency Secondary vitamin D deficiency Malabsorption Increased degradation Decreased liver 25-hydroxylase Vitamin D–dependent rickets type 1 Vitamin D–dependent rickets type 2 Chronic renal failure Calcium deficiency Intake Absorption Rickets of prematurity Phosphate deficiency Intake Absorption Renal diseases Renal tubular acidosis Rickets of prematurity

13 Diagnosis: History History of poor growth, delayed walking, waddling gait, dental caries, pneumonia, and hypocalcaemia symptoms Decrease dietary intake Decrease skin synthesis: clothing, skin pigmentation, sun screen, season Malabsorption due to liver or intestinal disease Renal disease Drugs e.g. Phenobarbital, phenytoin, aluminium-containing antacids, rifampicin, cholestyramin, glucocorticoids or highly active antiretroviral treatment (HAART) Maternal risk factors for nutritional vitamin D deficiency Family history of genetic disorders, leg deformities, difficulties with walking, or unexplained short stature, unexplained sibling death (Cystinosis)

14 Clinical features: General Failure to thrive Listlessness Protruding abdomen Muscle weakness (especially proximal) Fractures

15 Clinical features: Head Craniotabes Frontal bossing Delayed fontanelle closure Delayed dentition; caries Alopecia (vitamin D–dependent rickets type 2)

16 Clinical features: Chest Rachitic rosary Harrison groove Respiratory infections and atelectasis

17 Clinical features: Extremities Leg pain Enlargement of wrists and ankles Valgus or varus deformities Coxa vara Anterior bowing of the tibia and femur Windswept deformity (combination of valgus deformity of 1 leg with varus deformity of the other leg)

18 Clinical features: Back Scoliosis Kyphosis Lordosis

19 Clinical features: Hypocalcaemia symptoms Tetany Stridor due to laryngeal spasm Seizures Stebbing C, Mansy S, Kanabar D (2002) The first reported presentation of rickets with metabolic seizures. Hospital Medicine 63:

20 (A) a normal child (B) a child with rickets: metaphyseal fraying and cupping of the distal radius and ulna.

21 Cupping and fraying

22 Rosary beads of rickets

23 X-rays of the knees in a 7 yr old girl with distal renal tubular acidosis and rickets. A, At initial presentation, there is widening of the growth plate and metaphyseal fraying. B, Dramatic improvement after 4 mo of therapy with alkali.

24 a two-year old rickets sufferer, with a marked genu varum, (bowing of the femurs) and decreased bone opacity, suggesting poor bone mineralization

25 VDDR: vitamin D–dependent rickets XLH: X-linked hypophosphatemic rickets ADHR: autosomal dominant hypophosphatemic rickets HHRH: hereditary hypophosphatemic rickets with hypercalicuria Pi: phosphorus RD: relatively decreased (because it should be increased given the concurrent hypophosphatemia

26 Consequences of untreated vitamin D deficiency Skeletal complications Musculoskeletal pain particularly in adolescence. Arch Dis Child 2011;96:694-6 Reduced whole body bone mineral content and bone mass even at 9 years of age. Lancet 2006; 367:36-43 Hypertension, hyperglycaemia and metabolic syndrome in adolescents. Pediatrics 2009 Aug 3 Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, malignancy and schizophrenia. Pediatrics 2008;122: Cardiomyopathy (3 deaths in the last 10 years in UK). Heart 2008;94:581-4

27 Threshold for intervention for vit D deficiency 25-hydroxyvitamin D level reliably determine vit D status. Nutr Rev 2008;66:S <25 nmol/l = severe deficiency = treat nmol/l = insufficiency = supplementation nmol/l = sufficiency = lifestyle advice >250 nmol/l = excess = stop treatment Arch Dis Child 2011,96:

28 Prevention of vit D deficiency in UK Huge economic burden and preventive strategies are cost effective. Prog Biophys Mol Biol 2009;99: Healthy Start scheme Free vit D to economically disadvantaged children and young mothers Restrictive qualification criterion for supplements Only children under 4 Only mothers with a very limited income Asylum seekers are not entitled Inconsistent dissemination of message regarding supplementation to pregnant women Poor availability of supplements

29 Prevention of vit D deficiency in UK Recommendations for vit D supplementation have not generally been implemented. Update on Vitamin D. Position Statement by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrician Better targeting of health resources to antenatal care, pregnant mothers and at risk children Extending the range of food fortified with vit D Clarification of the risk associated with UV radiation against the risk of deficient vit D synthesis

30 Vit D preparations Ergocalciferol (yeast derived D2) Oily solution 3000 IU/ ml Tablets IU or IU Tablets calcium 400 mg and vitamin D 400 IU Parenteral IU/ ml Colecalciferol (fish or lanoline derived D3) Dalvit 400 IU/ 0.6 ml Abidec 400 IU / 0.6ml Healthy Start vitamin drops 300 IU/ 5drops Tablets IU Alfacalcidol (one Alpha Hydroxycolecalciferol) Oral/IV in persistent cases, renal, cholestatic liver disease

31 Treatment of deficiency < 6months: 3000 IU daily for 8-12 weeks > 6 months: 6000 IU daily for 8-12 weeks > 1 year: 300,000–600,000 IU orally or intramuscularly as 2–4 doses over 1 day Adequate dietary calcium and phosphorus Daily vitamin D intake of 400 IU/day

32 Treatment of insufficiency < 6 months: IU daily > 6 months IU daily

33 Unanswered questions Would eradication of vitamin D insufficiency in the UK reduce cancer incidence and improve cancer outcome? Does poor vitamin D status cause obesity, or is it a consequence of obesity? Are individuals genetically susceptible to vitamin D insufficiency or toxicity? How much does vitamin D insufficiency contributes to north/south health inequalities?

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35 Summary points Vitamin D insufficiency is common in UK Vitamin D deficiency presentation is different in different age group Vitamin D deficiency is easy to treat Vitamin D is linked to other health problems e.g. cardiovascular, DM type 2 etc. Vitamin D insufficiency is preventable however robust measures are not yet in place

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