Survey Says 15% of State Kids in Urban Areas have Vitamin D deficiency

Published on: 01 Jul, 2013
Published under: Kerala Health News

1 July 2013

Survey by Experts says that about 15 percent of urban children population have an increased risk of Vit-D deficiency as they are obese. The situation is even worse as the obesity rate in urban Kerala is predicted to double in the next five years.

“Maintaining appropriate levels of Vit-D is critical because it influences nearly 3,000 of the roughly 25,000 genes in the human body. Since Vit-D is one of the most important ‘vitamins’, its deficiency could lead to multiple disorders, including diabetes mellitus, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, arteriosclerosis, autoimmune disorders, depression and other psychiatric illnesses, cancers of ovary and bowel, multiple sclerosis, infertility, immunodeficiency and atopy.

Research shows that about 75 per cent of the human body’s need for Vit-D is generated by exposure to sunlight. However, with rapidly changing lifestyle, children prefer to remain indoors engaging in activities like watching television, playing video games or spending a lot of time with computers that makes them physically unfit.


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