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Table 2 Change in markers of nutritional status following combat deployment among elite U.S. Army Special Operations soldiers (mean ± SD)

From: Effects of deployment on diet quality and nutritional status markers of elite U.S. Army special operations forces soldiers

  n = 50
Baseline Post-Deployment Change P
Vitamin D Status
 25-OH Vitamin Da (nmol/L) 87.3 ± 25.8 89.3 ± 26.5 2.0 ± 23.4 0.55
 Parathyroid Hormone (pmol/L) 3.4 ± 1.6 3.8 ± 1.4 0.4 ± 1.4 0.04
Iron Status
 Ferritin (pmol/L) 385 ± 173 354 ± 161 −31.0 ± 101 0.03
 Soluble Transferrin Receptor (nmol/L) 16.3 ± 3.7 17.1 ± 3.5 0.8 ± 2.2 0.01
 Transferrin Saturation (%) 39 ± 14 40 ± 14 1 ± 15 0.78
 Hepcidin (nmol/L) 6.4 ± 5.4 6.0 ± 3.8 −0.4 ± 4.9 0.61
Glucose and Lipid Status
 Glucose (mmol/L) 5.06 ± 0.35 5.07 ± 0.30 0.00 ± 0.40 0.94
 Total Cholesterol (mmol/L) 5.00 ± 0.99 5.01 ± 0.90 0.01 ± 0.62 0.89
 HDLa (mmol/L) 1.47 ± 0.30 1.43 ± 0.29 −0.03 ± 0.18 0.23
 LDLa (mmol/L) 3.07 ± 0.84 3.13 ± 0.72 0.07 ± 0.54 0.40
 Triglycerides (mmol/L) 1.01 ± 0.50 0.96 ± 0.57 −0.05 ± 0.46 0.46
  1. a Abbreviations: 25-OH Vitamin D 25-hydroxy vitamin D, HDL high density lipoprotein, LDL low density lipoprotein