Many young south Asian women in UK lack vitamin D, study finds

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 22 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:389
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    A quarter of young south Asian women living in Britain who were tested for vitamin D may have what are described as strikingly low concentrations, a new study concludes.

    Such women have a level of deficiency that puts them at higher risk of developing osteomalacia, says the study (Bone 2007;40:200-4).

    “Our data confirm a high prevalence of hypovitaminosis D among young UK South Asian women. A significant proportion—approximately one quarter—had marked deficiency,” the authors wrote. “Public health measures to increase levels of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25-(OH)D] are urgently required. In addition to preventing osteomalacia …

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