Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in Indian women

Ruchika Garg, Vishy Agarwal, Prabhat Agarwal, Saroj Singh, Neharika Malhotra


Background: Vitamin D is the widespread nutritional deficiency in India yet it has been widely undiagnosed and untreated. Nowadays its deficiency has become the widely investigational topic as the role of vitamin D deficiency has been identified in various disorders.

Methods: In order to study the prevalence of vitamin d in our study (level <20 ng/ml) the 1052 women attending the clinic are taken into the consideration and the levels of vitamin d are done in them irrespective of the symptom.

Results: In our study the 1052 women attending the clinic were taken and it was found that the prevalence of vitamin D level <20 ng/ml was 64.06% and the level of vitamin D <30 ng/ml was 98.75% and it was higher in younger (65.51%), illiterate (89.92%), housewife women (70%) and its prevalence was higher in women residing in rural areas (69.94%) and also having an income <10,000 (61.96%).

Conclusions: Thus it was concluded the cut off level for the vitamin D deficiency level should be revised in according to the need of the people of India as the high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in our study could be the result of our being over concerned and the internationally set up criteria for its deficiency and also ICMR should also revise the recommend daily allowance to include daily recommendation of vitamin D level.


Indian women, Prevalence, Vitamin D

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