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Indian endocrinologists set guidance to combat vitamin D deficiency

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 09 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5997
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. 1New Delhi

The Endocrine Society of India has recommended vitamin D supplementation for Indian people in a set of guidelines intended to combat the country’s high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency.

The guidelines, which were written by a group of 22 experts convened by the society, recommended 400 international units (IU) of vitamin D a day for infants, 600-1000 IU for children, 1000 IU for adolescents and pregnant women after 12 weeks’ gestation, and 1000-2000 IU for adults.

They recommended testing for vitamin D only in patients who have signs of osteomalacia, osteoporosis, musculoskeletal disorders, chronic liver or kidney disease, inflammatory bowel …

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