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‘88 pc Delhi’ites suffer from vitamin D deficiency’

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

According to a recent report released by the ASSOCHAM Healthcare Committee, about 88 per cent of Delhi’s population suffers from deficiency of vitamin D. That deficiency can cause chronic muscle pain, spasms, low energy levels, and depression.

Speaking on the findings of the report, president Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) Dr KK Aggarwal said: “Deficiency of vitamin D can lead to bone mineralisation, and bone softening diseases such as rickets in children and osteomalacia and osteoporosis in adults.

The prime reason for this deficiency among people in urban cities such as Delhi could be insufficiency or non-exposure to sunlight, staying in air-conditioned rooms for long hours during the day. Vitamin D deficiency has also been associated with metabolic syndrome, heart diseases and even fertility.

Five to 30 minutes of sunlight twice a week to your face, arms, legs, or back without sunscreen will enable you to make enough of the vitamin. Food and sun exposure should suffice, but if not, get 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily from a supplement.”

The current vitamin D mantra is that 40 days a year for at least 40 minutes one should get sunlight exposure to 40 per cent of body either after sunrise or just before sunset.