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Vitamin D in health and disease: Current perspectives

By Ran Zhang and Declan P Naughton

Abstract

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

Topics: alliedhealth
Publisher: BioMed Central
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.kingston.ac.uk:17890

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