Vitamin D in Health and Disease: Current Perspectives

Nutr J. 2010 Dec 8;9:65. doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-9-65.

Abstract

Despite the numerous reports of the association of vitamin D with a spectrum of development, disease treatment and health maintenance, vitamin D deficiency is common. Originating in part from the diet but with a key source resulting from transformation by exposure to sunshine, a great deal of the population suffers from vitamin D deficiency especially during winter months. It is linked to the treatment and pathogenesis and/or progression of several disorders including cancer, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness and diabetes. This widespread deficiency of Vitamin D merits consideration of widespread policies including increasing awareness among the public and healthcare professionals.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Health Policy
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Vitamin D / administration & dosage
  • Vitamin D / metabolism*
  • Vitamin D / therapeutic use*
  • Vitamin D Deficiency* / epidemiology
  • Vitamin D Deficiency* / physiopathology
  • Vitamin D Deficiency* / therapy

Substances

  • Vitamin D