Plasma 25-hydroxy-vitamin D (25-OHD) concentrations and 25-OHD binding capacities were measured in 14 elderly patients and in 14 young controls. Both 25-OHD concentrations and 25-OHD binding capacities were reduced in the elderly. In neither group, however, was there a significant correlation between 25-OHD binding capacities and 25-OHD concentrations. Thus, although 25-OHD binding capacities are reduced in sick old people this does not account for the low 25-OHD concentrations often found in this group.
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