Primary vitamin D deficiency in adults.

  • Published 2006 in Drug and therapeutics bulletin


In adults, prolonged deficiency of vitamin D (calciferol) can lead to osteomalacia, while lesser deficiency (insufficiency) is associated with various non-specific symptoms. Both vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency are becoming more common in developed countries. In the UK, the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in all adults is around 14.5%, and may be more than 30% in those over 65 years old and as high as 94% in otherwise healthy south Asian adults. By comparison, the prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency in adults may be as high as 55%, and the condition is even more common in patients with osteoporotic fractures. Recently, we discussed the management of children with primary vitamin D deficiency. Here we review the management of adults with the condition.

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@article{2006PrimaryVD, title={Primary vitamin D deficiency in adults.}, author={}, journal={Drug and therapeutics bulletin}, year={2006}, volume={44 4}, pages={25-9} }