Neighborhood disorder predicts lower serum vitamin D levels in pregnant African American women: A pilot study

J. Woo, M. D. Koenig, C. G. Engeland, M. A. Kominiarek, R. White-Traut, P. Yeatts, C. Giurgescu

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Pregnant African American women are more likely to live in neighborhoods with more disorder (e.g., vacant housing, littler, crime) and to have vitamin D deficiency due to their darker skin pigmentation and poor production of vitamin D [25(OH)D] from ultraviolet rays. However, no study has examined the potential link between neighborhood disorder and 25(OH)D status in African American pregnant women. Forty-one pregnant African American women completed validated questionnaires about perceived neighborhood disorder (6 items; 3-point scale; range 6–18) and with concurrent serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] assessed during pregnancy at 18–24 weeks gestation. Higher levels of perceived neighborhood disorder were associated with lower levels of serum 25(OH)D. Pregnant African American women who report higher disorder in their neighborhood may spend less time outside. Health care providers should include assessment of perceived neighborhood disorder. Future research needs to evaluate the relationships among neighborhood disorder and 25(OH)D levels among pregnant African American women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number105648
JournalJournal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
StatePublished - Jun 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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