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Not just bone health, vit D deficiency to diabetes & high blood pressure

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Health Desk- 03 Sep, 2019: Type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure are common ailments that plague adults in almost every other household.

A pan-India study has linked vitamin D Deficiency and insufficiency to type-2 diabetes and hypertension, making it about more than just bone health.

Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin that is produced by the skin on exposure to sunlight, is a critical micronutrient that helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the body that are required to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.

The study shows that 84.2% of type 2 diabetes patients and 82.6% of hypertension patients were vitamin D deficient, contributing further to the body of research that links Vitamin D deficiency to chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

“Our aim was to look at the levels of vitamin D in patients suffering from type-2 diabetes and hypertension to establish a link. We are not saying the deficiency has caused the disease but that those who with the disease may be vitamin-D deficient,” said Dr PG Talwalkar, Talwalkar Diabetes Clinic, principal investigator of the study.