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Vitamin D Status and Its Consequences for Health in South Africa

Norval, Mary; Coussens, Anna K; Wilkinson, Robert J; Bornman, Liza; Lucas, Robyn M; Wright, Caradee Y


In this review, reports were retrieved in which vitamin D status, as assessed by serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] levels, was measured in South African population groups with varied skin colours and ethnicities. Healthy children and adults were generally vitamin D-sufficient [25(OH)D level >50 nmol/L] but the majority of those aged above 65 years were deficient. A major role for exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) in determining 25(OH)D levels was apparent, with the dietary...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016-10-18
Type: Journal article
Source: International journal of environmental research and public health
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph13101019
Access Rights: Open Access


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