New Delhi, April 14: According to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), around 88% of Delhi's population are suffering from Vitamin D deficiency.
The report said that eight out of ten people suffered from the deficiency. Around 55 per cent of survey respondent were under the age bracket of 20-29 years, followed by 30-39 years (26 percent), 40-49 years (16 percent), 50-60 years (approximately 2 percent) and 60-80 years (1 percent approximately).
Vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone mineralization, leading to bone softening diseases as rickets in children and osteomalacia and osteoporosis in adults. The deficiency can be easily corrected by Vitamin D supplementation or some lifestyle changes, said Dr H K Chopra, co-chairman of ASSOCHAM Healthcare Council.
Dr Chopra further said insufficiency or non-exposure to sunlight, staying in air-conditioned rooms for long hours during the day could be the prime reason behind the deficiency. Low vitamin D levels are widely known to harm bones, leading them to become thin, brittle, soft or misshapen.
It is also to be noted that Vitamin D is equally important for heart, brain, immune function and much more. Foods high in Vitamin D are fish, beef liver, egg yolks.