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Vitamin D Deficiency among Indians


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1 Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ferozepur (Punjab), India
     

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Vitamin D deficiency is a worldwide widespread health problem, with a range of prevalence in between 70%–100% in the general population. The concern for vitamin D estimation has increased tremendously in India despite the fact of plentiful sun. As per the report of International Osteoporosis Foundation, in North India, 96% of neonates, 91% of healthy school girls, 78% of healthy hospital staff, and 84% of pregnant women were found to have hypo-vitaminosis D. On the other hand, prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in southern India was estimated to be 40% among males and 70% among females. There was also a significant rural urban variation in the vitamin D deficiency status that was attributed to the diversity of occupation which the people were involved in.
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Balwinder Kaur
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ferozepur (Punjab), India
Gurjant Singh Aulakh
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ferozepur (Punjab), India

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Vitamin D deficiency is a worldwide widespread health problem, with a range of prevalence in between 70%–100% in the general population. The concern for vitamin D estimation has increased tremendously in India despite the fact of plentiful sun. As per the report of International Osteoporosis Foundation, in North India, 96% of neonates, 91% of healthy school girls, 78% of healthy hospital staff, and 84% of pregnant women were found to have hypo-vitaminosis D. On the other hand, prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in southern India was estimated to be 40% among males and 70% among females. There was also a significant rural urban variation in the vitamin D deficiency status that was attributed to the diversity of occupation which the people were involved in.