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D for deficiency

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We all know how important this vitamin is for our health, yet a significant number of Indian seniors are deficient in Vitamin D. Two separate research studies were conducted by the National Institution of Nutrition, Hyderabad, to assess the concentration of 25-hydroxy vitamin D in the serum. Blood samples of 298 people aged 60 and above were randomly selected in Hyderabad. The findings, published in journal Annals Of Human Biology, showed that 56 per cent of seniors were deficient in Vitamin D, which contributes to health issues such as stiffening of the arteries, problems with bones, and muscle weakness. As all it takes for the skin to synthesise Vitamin D is 20 minutes of direct sunlight every day, the researchers believe we are spending just too much time indoors.

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