88 percent Delhiites suffer from Vitamin D deficiency, study says

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New Delhi : Populations in India’s capital city Delhi may soon suffer from the severe attack of Vitamin D deficiency. A recent study reveals that more than half of Delhi-NCR population suffers from a deficiency of vitamin D which may lead to rickets in children and osteoporosis in adults.

Around 88 percent of the Delhi-NCR population suffers from a deficiency of vitamin D, according to a recent study. Maximum number of people suffered from Vitamin D deficiency which causes chronic muscle pain, spasms, low energy levels, depression etc, according to a recent report

A data analysis of people between the age group of 21 and 65 years from October 2017 to March 2018 showed insufficient Vitamin D presence.

The age group of 21-35 years resulted in maximum insufficiency, according to the survey conducted by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). 

The report said that eight out of ten people suffered from the deficiency. Around 55 per cent of survey respondent were under the age bracket of 20-29 years, followed by 30-39 years (26 per cent), 40-49 years (16 per cent), 50-60 years (approximately 2 per cent) and 60-80 years (1 per cent approximately). 

Doctors mentioned that vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone mineralization, leading to bone softening diseases as rickets in children and osteomalacia and osteoporosis in adults. Low vitamin D levels are widely known to harm bones, leading them to become thin, brittle, soft or misshapen.

Well, this major health issue can be easily solved. Vitamin D deficiency can be easily corrected by Vitamin D supplementation or some lifestyle changes, said Dr H K Chopra, co-chairman of ASSOCHAM Healthcare Council.

Dr Chopra further said, insufficiency or non-exposure to sunlight, staying in air-conditioned rooms for long hours during the day could be the prime reason behind the deficiency.

It is necessary to note that besides bone health, Vitamin D is equally important for heart, brain, immune function and much more. Some must-have foods high in Vitamin D are fish, beef liver, egg yolks.