Diagnosis of disorders of vitamin D-metabolism and osteomalacia.

@article{Scharla2008DiagnosisOD,
  title={Diagnosis of disorders of vitamin D-metabolism and osteomalacia.},
  author={Stephan H Scharla},
  journal={Clinical laboratory},
  year={2008},
  volume={54 11-12},
  pages={
          451-9
        }
}
Vitamin D deficiency is very common in Germany because the synthesis of Vitamin D in the skin depends on exposure to radiation from sunlight (ultraviolet light type B). In Central Europe, vitamin D synthesis in skin is significantly diminished during the 6-month winter period. Whereas a slight lack of vitamin D (vitamin D insufficiency) results in osteoporosis (decrease in bone mass), a major lack of vitamin D (vitamin D deficiency) leads to osteomalacia, a mineralization defect of the bone… CONTINUE READING