SUNLIGHT AND VITAMIN D; A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE FOR HEALTH

Sahana K. R, Priyanka. A, Geetha H

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Background: There has been renewed interest in vitamin D, since numerous recent studies have suggested that besides its well-established roles in bone metabolism and immunity, vitamin D status is inversely associated with the incidence of several diseases, e.g., cancers, cardio-vascular diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases. Objectives: Studies have shown high rates Vitamin D deficiency (25-hydroxyvitamin D) affects in India despite appreciable levels of sunlight. Public health strategies are needed to address high deficiency rates, including food fortification and nurture (increasing exposure to sunlight). Methods: Blood sampling among 1184 randomly selected citizens. Results: Amongst the selected citizens, 19.93% had 25 hydroxy Vitamin D deficiency, 60.81% had insufficiency and 19.25% had normal Vitamin D. Conclusions: Public health strategies are needed to address the public regarding the importance of Vitamin D deficiency, insufficiency and emphasizing the addition of the same in the diet.


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