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Diagnosis and management of vitamin D deficiency in the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) countries: an expert consensus summary statement from the GCC vitamin D advisory board

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Abstract

Objective

A summary of recommendations is given within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) setting on the assessment and management of vitamin D deficiency in the region.

Methods

An assembly of 11 regional experts gathered to formulate an all-inclusive approach to vitamin D deficiency within GCC.

Results and Conclusion

Several gaps were identified before regional guidelines could be developed. These include adequacy and standardization of vitamin D testing, frequency of repeated testing and reference ranges, distinguishing prevention from the treatment of vitamin D deficiency, quality assurance of vitamin D products sold within GCC including contents and origins of products, and cut-points for vitamin D levels in local populations. A platform is created that can be further developed for overall regional implementation.

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The authors are grateful to the Chair for Biomarkers of Chronic Diseases, Deanship of Scientific Research Chairs in King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for their support.

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Logistics of the initial meeting of the authors was unconditionally facilitated by Consilient Health, MENA Office, Dubai UAE. The funding body had no role in the conception, drafting, or finalization of the manuscript.

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YAS and NAD conceived the idea of the statement and drafted the original manuscript. All authors (SAB, WH, AA, AH, AAM, EBE, EAD, MH, MAF, NAA, NA, NAS, NG, TE, WAB, and SS) critically revised the manuscript for intellectual content, language, and presentation. All authors approved the final version of the article.

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Al Saleh, Y., Beshyah, S.A., Hussein, W. et al. Diagnosis and management of vitamin D deficiency in the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) countries: an expert consensus summary statement from the GCC vitamin D advisory board. Arch Osteoporos 15, 35 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11657-020-0709-8

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