Research Article

Vitamin D deficiency in adult British Hindu Asians: a family disorder.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 291 doi: (Published 26 October 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;291:1166
  1. S Shaunak,
  2. K Colston,
  3. L Ang,
  4. S P Patel,
  5. J D Maxwell


    The vitamin D state of 60 apparently healthy adult Hindu Asian couples living in Britain was studied on a community basis. Twenty six (22%) of the Asian subjects had pronounced vitamin D deficiency, defined as 25-hydroxycholecalciferol concentrations below 10 nmol/l (4 ng/ml), while none of the white controls had such low concentrations. Asian men and women were equally affected, and plasma concentrations were similar in husbands and wives. Vitamin supplements were being taken by only 31 (26%) subjects, most of whom were women. It is suggested that the spouses of patients with osteomalacia should be screened for vitamin D deficiency.