MinervaBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2296 (Published 09 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2296
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There was a tantalising snippet in Minerva about another
aspect of Vitamin D, this time in pregnancy...associated with immune
dysfunction and bacterial vaginosis.
In pregnancy there are already suggestions of links between low vitamin D
levels and preterm labour and
increased incidence of cesearian section. Vitamin D deficiency seems to
be asociated with many conditions including hypertension, TB, Diabetes ,
musculoskeletal conditions, survival from cancer etc...
There seems to be a large literature on Vitamin D which
is largely unknown to pharmacists, GPs and specialists.
Please can you put together an edition of the BMJ that
What is already known about Vitamin D function(there are Vitamin D
receptors in many tissues of the body)?
How does vitamin D relate to IHD and diabetes, the scourges of our
What current interventional research is being done?
What should the public health approaches be?
What attention should be paid to Vitamin D in pregnancy?
I have been fustrated to find that Vitamin D deficiency is
routinely ignored by many specialists including rheumatologists,
public health doctors!
Surely its time for a really good review and clear
recommendations for practitioners. How about a whole BMJ on the subject?
Conflict of interest..out of 5800 patients we have about
500 with vitamin D deficiency; the rule of halves probably
Competing interests: No competing interests