Determinanten van vitamine D- gebruik door thuiswonende ouderen

Translated title of the contribution: Determinants of vitamin D supplement use among community-dwelling older adults

Adriana J van Ballegooijen, Marjolein Visser, Ingeborg A Brouwer

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OBJECTIVE: We estimated the prevalence of vitamin D supplement use and determinants of vitamin D use in community-dwelling adults≥70 year.

METHOD: In April 2013, in multiple cities in the Netherlands we determined the use of vitamin D supplements among 215 community-dwelling older adults. The questionnaire consisted of questions about demographics, knowledge about vitamin D, vitamin D use and reasons for (not) using vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D use is defined as self-reported vitamin D during at least part of the year.

RESULTS: The mean age was 79±6.5 year and 63% was female. Self-reported -vitamin D supplement use was 28% among free-living older adults. Only 11 individuals (5%) used vitamin D as advised by the Dutch Health Council (20 µg per day). Logistic regression analyses indicated that women, adults with a higher education level and adults with multiple vitamin D related disorders/fractures were more prevalent vitamin D users.

CONCLUSION: Despite the advice of the Dutch Health Council, the use of vitamin D supplements among free-living older adults≥70 year is very low. Older adults are not convinced of the benefits of using vitamin D supplements. The general practitioner could play a crucial role in providing information about vitamin D supplementation among older adults.

Translated title of the contributionDeterminants of vitamin D supplement use among community-dwelling older adults
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)282-289
Number of pages8
JournalTijdschrift voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aging
  • Attitude to Health
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Netherlands
  • Nutrition Policy
  • Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Nutritional Requirements
  • Sex Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Vitamin D
  • English Abstract
  • Journal Article


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