Vitamin D Deficiency – The Modern Epidemic

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  • Subrata Bagchi

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.53553/JCH.v02i02.001

Abstract

Researchers have analyzed data on vitamin D status on adult population in USA and found Vit D deficiency or insufficiency in 50-78%1. In United Kingdom 90% of adult population had low vitamin D2. It is extremely common in Sunny Middle East because people cover their body with clothes. The causes of vitamin D deficiency are – modern life style, Sun phobia because of skin cancer, wrinkles, aging spots; obesity, medical illness e.g. mal-absorption, liver & kidney disease; medications e.g. phenytoin, phenobarbital, steroid. Natural vitamin has two forms, vitamin D3 (cholecaciferol) and vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol). Vitamin D3 is superior to vitamin D2.
Vitamin D affects every system in human body. It plays a vital role in health of muscle and bones, normal functioning of immune system, controls growth of normal and cancerous cells, prevention & treatment of type 2 diabetes, prevention of heart disease, kidney disease & heart failure, prevention of coronary artery disease, treatment of psoriasis, prevention of dental problems and prevention & treatment of depression3 In people with Vit D deficiency the parathyroid glands produce more than normal amount of PTH, which cause excessive dissolving of calcium from bone leading to bone aches and pain. Vitamin D deficiency is a major cause of osteoporosis. There is a direct correlation between Vit D level and bone mineral density. Post menopausal women with osteoporosis had low level of Vit D. Steroids antagonize effects of Vit D.

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Published

2020-10-24

How to Cite

Bagchi, S. . (2020). Vitamin D Deficiency – The Modern Epidemic. Journal of Comprehensive Health, 2(2), 5–7. https://doi.org/10.53553/JCH.v02i02.001

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Editorial