Vitamin D deficiency: A bigger problem than perceived

Though it is hard to believe, but according to doctors, Vitamin D deficiency is becoming more and more common among people these days and majority are not even aware of this deficiency.

After speaking to few doctors of the city, Newsline found that on an average 7 out of 10 patients going to their clinics are deficient in Vitamin D for which sunlight is the main source.

Dr RS Sodhi, medical superintendent Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital (GTBH) said, "Though there is enough sunlight in our country, but hardly anyone exposes their body to get sunlight. People normally travel in cars and work in closed offices, so exposure to sun becomes next to impossible. This deficiency is even being seen in kids as well."

He added, "More than 70 per cent of patients coming in my clinic are have alarmingly low Vitamin D content. Body aches, back ache, lethargic nature are the main symptoms of this deficiency and in the longer run it also makes bones fragile and prone to fractures and other joint problems as well."

Dr Iqbal Singh, MD of Iqbal Nursing Home said, "I am giving the Vitamin D supplements to most of the patients because majority of them have hardly exposed their body to direct sunlight."

High cost of the test is the main reason for increased number of patients and a number of them avoid spending money just to get tested one Vitamin, told Dr Y.S Walia running Walia clinical laboratory in Model town area.

He said, "A number of time, when I suggested patients to get this test done, they give this plea that with so much of sunlight around, there is no chance of this deficiency in their body but after the tests they come to know the reality."

The doctors suggest the early morning exposure of body to sun rays is a must to get rid of this deficiency and 15 minutes on daily basis are enough and if it is not possible, at least one and a half hours in a week is a must to get sunlight absorbed in body.

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