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Research Article

Serum concentrations of 25-hydroxy vitamin D in Europeans and Asians after oral vitamin D3.

Br Med J 1978; 1 doi: (Published 18 March 1978) Cite this as: Br Med J 1978;1:685
  1. G Ellis,
  2. W T Cooke


    Serum concentrations of 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25-OHD3) were measured in seven Asians of Indian extraction and eight Europeans before and at intervals after taking 1 mg vitamin D3 by mouth. In all subjects the concentrations rose in the 24 hours after ingestion. There was little change over the next nine days in the concentrations in the Europeans but those in the Asians continued to rise until about day 10. Subsequent rates of fall in 25-OHD3 were similar in the two groups. Our observations suggest that the low serum concentrations of 25-OHD3 found in Asians are not caused by either impaired intestinal absorption of vitamin D or rapid clearance of 25-ODH3 from the plasma.