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Increasing Burden of Vitamin D Deficiency in Indian Children

Vitamin D deficiency (VDD) is very common across the world, including in India. As per estimates, the number of children with VDD is increasing continuously. Vitamin D is one of the most important hormones required for the formation and maintenance of bone, immunomodulation and cell proliferation, along with several other… 

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Causal relationship between obesity and vitamin D status

The prevalence of obesity has increased in the last two decades and it is presently the most common and costly nutritional problem [1]–[4]. In the United States, one-third of the population is affected by obesity, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

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Vitamin D3 supplementation falls short in preventing upper respiratory tract infections

Vitamin D plays an important role in immune response, and it has been documented that vitamin D deficiency is common in the Indian population. However, a recent randomized, controlled study does not support vitamin D3 supplementation to prevent upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) in healthy adults who have normal or… 

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Low amounts of winter sunshine are associated with increased tuberculous meningitis incidence

Key Point: This study found a significant association between the monthly tuberculous meningitis incidence rate (a severe extrapulmonary complication of TB) and the number of sunshine hours 3 months earlier–possibly implicating vitamin D deficiency. Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) is a severe extrapulmonary complication of tuberculosis occurring mainly in early childhood, and… 

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More studies needed before recommending vitamin D for hypertensive patients

Experimental animal and epidemiological studies have clearly shown an association between low levels of vitamin D and hypertension. However, there is not enough evidence to support recommending vitamin D to hypertensive patients to reduce blood pressure, according to a recently published review. “There are a few reports demonstrating the beneficial… 

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Excessive vitamin D correlated with higher blood levels of the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein

The inverse association between serum vitamin D level and the serum level of the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein (CRP) is apparent only at low levels of vitamin D. At levels of serum vitamin D above the median, serum CRP actually increases, a recent study found. CRP, which measures general levels… 

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Vitamin D, but not calcium, associated with fewer stress fractures in girls

Vitamin D is associated with a lower risk of developing stress fractures, especially among very active girls who engage in at least 1 hour of high-impact activity per day. Vitamin D deficiency is common in all ages in India, according to recent studies. Marwaha and Sripathy noted a high prevalence… 

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