Four-out-of-five Indian women have vitamin D deficiency

By Gary Scattergood contact

- Last updated on GMT

Low vitamin D levels are widely known to cause harm to bones. ©iStock
Low vitamin D levels are widely known to cause harm to bones. ©iStock
A four-year survey from India shows that 75-80% of women have inadequate vitamin D levels in their blood. 

The case is more severe in south where 81% women have a vitamin D deficiency, according to SRL Diagnostics.

Low vitamin D levels are widely known to harm bones, leading them to become thin, brittle, soft and susceptible to fracture.

Research studies have shown that vitamin D is important for reducing hypertension, atherosclerotic heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

Women seem to have a harder time stimulating the mechanism that builds bone tissue when their oestrogen levels are reduced post menopause, said the company.

Dr Deepa Dave, director of operations at SRL Labs said: “Vitamin D deficiency is a silent disease but people may present with chronic muscle pains, spasms low energy levels, depression, mood swings, and sleep irregularities. Another symptom a person deficient in vitamin D may have is head sweating.

“The person can be advised adding a vitamin D supplement to the diet or even be prescribed vitamin D injections if it is too low. A simple advice would also be going out in the sun every day.”

The firm says cultural and social taboos often dictate lifestyle patterns and clothing choices that may limit sun exposure, while vegetarianism can limit vitamin D rich dietary options.

Related topics: India, Fortification, Formulation, Supplements

Related news

Related products

show more

Gain profits and sustainability in food production

Gain profits and sustainability in food production

Dassault Systems Ltd | 06-Sep-2017 | Technical / White Paper

The challenge of feeding the world is forcing food producers to stretch their supply chains across continents, which comes at the expense of resources...

The unrivalled potential of gelatine

The unrivalled potential of gelatine

Gelita AG | 14-Aug-2017 | Data Sheet

Gelatine’s multifunctional technological properties provide product developers with an unrivalled toolbox for current and future food applications. None...


Strategic Nutrition for Heart Health-Part II

Fortitech® Premixes by DSM | 21-Jun-2017 | Technical / White Paper

Consumers are increasingly shopping for heart healthy products. Identify nutrients that can help differentiate your products and learn how custom nutrient...

Related suppliers