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Vitamin D Deficiency in Rural Area of Gautam Buddh Nagar:An Observational Study


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Background: In addition to bone formation, mineralization,calcium and phosphorus metabolism, vitamin D is also involved in maintaining normal neuromuscular function. Vitamin D deficiency is a public health problem in our country. Its deficiency is widely prevalent in urban population. However, rural Indian population is perceived to be at low risk of vitamin D deficiency due to their lifestyle exposing them to more sunlight.

Aim: To study the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in rural population of Gautam Buddh Nagar district of national capital region.

Methodology: Consequent 80 apparently healthy subjects of either sex from both rural and urban background, with nonspecific symptoms were studied for their demographic profile and 25(OH) vitamin D levels.

Results:25(OH) vitamin D level was 14.96 ng/ml in rural group and 16.25 ng/ml in urban group. A high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency was observed in both rural and urban population of Gautam Buddh Nagar.

Conclusion: Vitamin D deficiency is widely prevalent in our society including rural India. Apparently healthy subjects of rural population particularly women with nonspecific symptoms should be evaluated for vitamin D deficiency.


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Authors

Vijay Deepak Verma
Department of Medicine, Government Institute of Medical Sciences, Greater Noida, India
Ajai Kumar Garg
Department of Medicine, Government Institute of Medical Sciences, Greater Noida, India
Suresh Babu
Department of Medicine, Government Institute of Medical Sciences, Greater Noida, India
Ashish Satyarthi
Department of Medicine, Government Institute of Medical Sciences, Greater Noida, India

Abstract


Background: In addition to bone formation, mineralization,calcium and phosphorus metabolism, vitamin D is also involved in maintaining normal neuromuscular function. Vitamin D deficiency is a public health problem in our country. Its deficiency is widely prevalent in urban population. However, rural Indian population is perceived to be at low risk of vitamin D deficiency due to their lifestyle exposing them to more sunlight.

Aim: To study the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in rural population of Gautam Buddh Nagar district of national capital region.

Methodology: Consequent 80 apparently healthy subjects of either sex from both rural and urban background, with nonspecific symptoms were studied for their demographic profile and 25(OH) vitamin D levels.

Results:25(OH) vitamin D level was 14.96 ng/ml in rural group and 16.25 ng/ml in urban group. A high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency was observed in both rural and urban population of Gautam Buddh Nagar.

Conclusion: Vitamin D deficiency is widely prevalent in our society including rural India. Apparently healthy subjects of rural population particularly women with nonspecific symptoms should be evaluated for vitamin D deficiency.




DOI: https://doi.org/10.37506/v11%2Fi1%2F2020%2Fijphrd%2F193776