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Vitamin D Deficiency in Risk Groups Living in Tropical Curaçao

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DOI: 
10.727/wimj.2012.196
Pages: 
195–200
Synopsis: 
Avoiding sun exposure, although living in tropical areas, results in vitamin D deficiency. In our small pilot study, 38% of the people were at risk and had 25(OH)D levels below 50 nmol/L.

ABSTRACT


Objective: Curaçao (12 degrees 10N, 69 degrees 0W) is characterized by whole year abundant sunshine (8−10 hours/day). We challenged the automatic assumption that people living in tropical countries do not have a high risk of vitamin D deficiency, and investigated the vitamin D status in a tropical environment.

Accepted: 
29 Oct, 2012
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e-Published: 26 Jun, 2013
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