Vitamin D Status is Linked to Biomarkers of Oxidative Stress, Inflammation, and Endothelial Activation in Obese Children

The Journal of Pediatrics, 06/12/2012

Codoñer–Franch P et al. – Insufficient 25(OH)D levels were detected in severely obese children with increased markers of oxidative/nitrosative stress, inflammation, and endothelial activation.


  • Cross-sectional clinical study of 66 obese Caucasian children aged 7 to 14 years.
  • Cardiovascular risk factors were assessed.
  • Malondialdehyde and myeloperoxidase as measures of oxidative stress, and plasma nitrite+nitrate, urinary nitrate, and 3-nitrotyrosine as markers of nitrosative stress were measured.
  • Serum 25-hydroxy-cholecalciferol [25(OH)D], intact parathormone, and calcium-phosphorus levels were determined in these children and in a comparison group of 39 non-obese children.


  • Obese children had a significantly lower 25(OH)D level (P = .002) and a higher intact parathormone (P = .011) than non-obese children.
  • Phosphorus and the calcium-phosphorus product were also significantly higher (P < .0001).
  • Insufficient serum concentrations of 25(OH)D (<20 ng/mL) were detected in 5% of normal children and in 30% of the obese children.
  • In the obese children with vitamin D insufficiency, malondialdehyde, myeloperoxidase, 3-nitrotyrosine, interleukin-6, and sVCAM-1 were substantially elevated.

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