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Vitamin D Deficiency: This clandestine endemic disease is veiled no more.
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PMID:  22548132     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
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Recently, scientists have generated a strong body of evidence providing new information about the preventive effect of vitamin D on a broad range of disorders. This evidence suggests that vitamin D is much more than a nutrient needed for bone health; it is an essential hormone required for regulation of a large number of physiological functions. Sufficient concentration of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D is essential for optimising human health. This article reviews the present state-of-the-art knowledge about vitamin D's status worldwide and refers to recent articles discussing some of the general background of vitamin D, including sources, benefits, deficiencies, and dietary requirements, especially in pregnancy. They offer evidence that vitamin D deficiency could be a major public health burden in many parts of the world, mostly because of sun deprivation. The article also discusses the debate about optimal concentration of circulating serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D, and explores different views on the amount of vitamin D supplementation required to achieve and maintain this concentration.
Authors:
Moeness Moustafa Alshishtawy
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-04-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sultan Qaboos University medical journal     Volume:  12     ISSN:  2075-0528     ISO Abbreviation:  Sultan Qaboos Univ Med J     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-01     Completed Date:  2012-10-02     Revised Date:  2013-05-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101519915     Medline TA:  Sultan Qaboos Univ Med J     Country:  Oman    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  140-52     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Community Medicine & Public Health, Tanta University, Egypt, and Department of Health Planning, Ministry of Health, Muscat, Oman.
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