T-govt to assess Vitamin D deficiency

T-govt to assess Vitamin D deficiency
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Kick-starting the 12-day Vitamin D awareness campaign on Monday, deputy chief minister T Rajaiah emphasised the importance of Vitamin D and urged the citizens to maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Kick-starting the 12-day Vitamin D awareness campaign on Monday, deputy chief minister T Rajaiah emphasised the importance of Vitamin D and urged the citizens to maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Reiterating Vitamin D deficiency as a world problem, the minister said that Vitamin D deficiency could be handled the same way Vitamin C deficiency - which was earlier a major problem – was handled. Rajaiah assured that the Telangana government would support the cause and conduct a grassroots level research to assess the severity of the deficiency after consulting the chief minister.

Deputy chief minister T Rajaiah inaugurating the Vitamin D awareness campaign on Monday

Mujtaba Hasan Askari, managing trustee and president of HHF, presented comprehensive guidelines on safe sun exposure, the benefits of Vitamin D and the health hazards due to its deficiency.

“It’s alarming to note that one-third of the world population is deficient in this vital vitamin and surprisingly even the well-learned section of the society including professionals working in the corporate sector are affected too,” he said blaming exceedingly indoor lifestyle for belittling the Vitamin D production.

Hasan said that Helping Hand Foundation had launched the Vitamin D awareness drive as majority of the population was found to be lacking in it. The vitamin affects 2,000 to 3,000 genes in an individual. Vitamin D can help combat even chronic diseases like cancer if Vitamin D levels are much above normal in the patient.

Sufficient levels of Vitamin D can help in not only combating but preventing several chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, auto immune diseases, infectious diseases, arthritis, asthma and many more. Not only this, Vitamin D can also improve pregnancy outcome, and help the younger generation fight autism, depression and insomnia. Vitamin D is also proving to be a critical factor in age-related dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc.

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