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8 in 10 people in Chennai suffer from lack of Vitamin D, reveals Metropolis Healthcare Study


8 in 10 people in Chennai suffer from lack of Vitamin D, reveals Metropolis Healthcare Study

Chennai : Vitamin D is produced by the body in response to skin being exposed to sunlight and is hence known as the Sunshine vitamin. Vitamin D is essential for strong bones as it helps the body use calcium from the diet. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone mineralization, leading to bone softening diseases as rickets in children and osteomalacia and osteoporosis in adults.

A data analysis of over 103563 samples between the age group of 0 & 80 years over five years from 2012 to 2016 revealed

  1. 20% of the total samples tested showed Vitamin D deficiency
  2. 60% of samples tested show insufficient Vitamin D presence
  3. Age group of 10-20 years showed maximum insufficiency or deficiency of Vitamin D at over a staggering 88%

Age Group Deficient Hypervitaminosis Insufficient Sufficient Grand Total
0 to 10 1211 162 4741 1257 7371
10 to 20 1111 32 2977 508 4628
20 to 30 3094 75 7247 1206 11622
30 to 40 4110 136 11368 2244 17858
40 to 50 4275 171 13391 3125 20962
50 to 60 3186 155 11795 3473 18609
60 to 70 2181 183 8184 3069 13617
70 to 80 1154 92 4002 1664 6912
Above 80 363 43 1087 491 1984
Grand Total 20685 1049 64792 17037 103563

Among the total samples received from women

  • Over 60% of the total samples showed insufficient Vitamin D with a major chunk in the age bracket of 40-50 years
  • 21% of the total samples showed Vitamin D deficiency
  • In the age groups of 0-10 years, almost 81% samples showed a lack of Vitamin D and in the age group of 10-20 years an alarmingly high 89.5% showed lack of Vitamin D

Among the samples received from men,

  • Almost 65% were detected with insufficient Vitamin D
  • 18% of the total samples showed deficiency of Vitamin D
  • In the 0-10 years age bracket, 80% samples showed lack of Vitamin D while in the age bracket of 10-20 years, over 85% showed lack of Vitamin D

Commenting on the analysis, Dr Rajesh Bendre, Chief of Laboratory Services, Metropolis Healthcare said ‘Majority of the population is not aware that they may be deficient to Vitamin D and symptoms such as fatigue and aches are ignored. Recent studies in India indicate that despite exposure to sunlight for 30 minutes, adequate levels of vitamin D is not synthesized in the body. One reason to this could be due to our ethnicity and dark complexions. There is a clear need for supplementing the diet. It is important to get tested for vitamin deficiencies and seek medical help to correct the deficiency.”

Additionally Dr. Anita Suryanarayan, Vice President, Operations (South India), Metropolis Healthcare Ltd said, “The cases of patients suffering from Vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency have been steadily rising in India. Men, Women and Children are equally affected. A major contributing factor for this has been closed-door work life and the Indian lifestyle. Vitamin D is also found in certain foods which need to be included in the daily diets of the people. Foods high in Vitamin D are fish, beef liver, egg yolks. Vegetarians can consume almond milk, soy milk, orange juice, cereals and mushrooms. Our lifestyle doesn’t actively allow us to consume the right foods or give us time to get the daily dose of sunshine required by the body to create Vitamin D. Kids today do not play out in the sun as much as they do and this can easily result in a Vitamin D deficiency.”

Data Snapshot: Females

Age Group Deficient Hyper-vitaminosis Insufficient Sufficient Grand Total
0 to 10 549 64 2141 549 3303
10 to 20 792 15 1734 279 2820
20 to 30 2531 53 5259 902 8745
30 to 40 2990 95 7874 1561 12520
40 to 50 3046 127 9208 2183 14564
50 to 60 2078 123 7937 2517 12655
60 to 70 1458 116 5085 2101 8760
70 to 80 730 68 2272 1035 4105
Grand Total 14380 685 42034 11407 68506

Data Snapshot: Males

Age Group Deficient Hyper-

vitaminosis

Insufficient Sufficient Grand Total
0 to 10 662 98 2600 708 4068
10 to 20 319 17 1243 229 1808
20 to 30 563 22 1988 304 2877
30 to 40 1120 41 3494 683 5338
40 to 50 1229 44 4183 942 6398
50 to 60 1108 32 3858 956 5954
60 to 70 723 67 3099 968 4857
70 to 80 424 24 1730 629 2807
Above 80 157 19 563 211 950
Grand Total 6305 364 22758 5630

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Supriya Kashyap Joined Medical Dialogue as Reporter in 2015 . she covers all the medical specialty news in different medical categories. She also covers the Medical guidelines, Medical Journals, rare medical surgeries as well as all the updates in medical filed. She is a graduate from Delhi University. She can be contacted at supriya.kashyap@medicaldialogues.in Contact no. 011-43720751
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