Research Article

Vitamin D state of Asians living in Pakistan.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 286 doi: (Published 15 January 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;286:182
  1. A Rashid,
  2. T Mohammed,
  3. W P Stephens,
  4. S Warrington,
  5. J L Berry,
  6. E B Mawer


    Asians living in Pakistan have serum 25-hydroxycholecalciferol concentrations which are well within the normal range and significantly higher than in Asians resident in Britain. Clearly, Asians can maintain an adequate vitamin D state given an abundant supply of ultraviolet light, and the expression of vitamin D deficiency is an environmental and not a genetically determined characteristic. The risk of an Asian developing vitamin D deficiency increases after migration to Britain. The most efficient way to treat this is by supplementation with vitamin D.