Vitamin D Status in Cold Trans-Himalayan Deserts at Altitude of 4000 meter and above in India

  • Neetu Sharma Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
  • Brij Sharma Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
  • Gajendra Singh All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  • Anmol Gupta Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
  • Rajesh Sharma Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
  • Umesh Kapil All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
Keywords: Vitamin D, Adults, High Altitude

Abstract

Recent scientific evidence suggests there is high prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency in India.  There is paucity of scientific data on Vitamin D status in population residing at high altitude regions in India. Hence, the present study was undertaken to determine Vitamin D status of adult population residing at altitude of 4000 meter and above in Himachal Pradesh, India.

A total of 105 subjects aged 19-56 years were recruited (3 subjects per village) from 35 villages in Lahaul & Spiti district. The data on socio-demographic profile was collected by administering a questionnaire. Venous blood samples were withdrawn. Serum 25-OHD level was measured by using direct competitive chemiluminescence immunoassay. Vitamin D status was categorized as deficient (<20ng/ml), insufficient (21-29ng/ml) and sufficient (≥30ng/ml).

The mean±SD level of 25-OHD was 14.76±7.03 ng/ml. The subjects with vitamin D deficiency, insufficiency and sufficiency were 83.8%, 11.4% and 4.8%, respectively suggestive of significant Vitamin D deficiency in high altitude Lahaul & Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh.

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Published
2018-12-31
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Sharma N, Sharma B, Singh G, Gupta A, Sharma R, Kapil U. Vitamin D Status in Cold Trans-Himalayan Deserts at Altitude of 4000 meter and above in India. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 31Dec.2018 [cited 19Apr.2019];30(4):400 -42. Available from: http://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/949
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