Vitamin D in health and disease: Current perspectives

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Zhang, Ran ; Naughton, Declan P (2010)
  • Publisher: BioMed Central
  • Journal: Nutrition Journal, volume 9, pages 65-65 (eissn: 1475-2891)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-9-65, pmc: PMC3019131
  • Subject: alliedhealth | Medicine (miscellaneous) | Review | Nutrition and Dietetics

Despite the numerous reports of the association of vitamin D with a spectrum of development, disease treatment and health maintenance, vitamin D deficiency is common. Originating in part from the diet but with a key source resulting from transformation by exposure to sunshine, a great deal of the population suffers from vitamin D deficiency especially during winter months. It is linked to the treatment and pathogenesis and/or progression of several disorders including cancer, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness and diabetes. This widespread deficiency of Vitamin D merits consideration of widespread policies including increasing awareness among the public and healthcare professionals.
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