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Prevalence of Vitamin D Deficiency in Children (6–18 years) Residing in Kullu and Kangra Districts of Himachal Pradesh, India: Correspondence

  • Jogender Kumar
  • Arushi Yadav
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To the Editor: We read with interest the article on the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in children residing at high altitudes in the recent issue of your esteemed journal and found it very useful [1]. Despite formal guidelines on vitamin D supplementation for Indian children, most of the children are deficient [2]. Authors rightly stated that we are facing an unrecognized and untreated pandemic of Vitamin D deficiency for which there are no well-defined diagnostic/therapeutic endpoints. The magnitude of this pandemic is defined by prevalence based upon certain cut-offs which themselves are in a gray zone. A recently published review of guidelines [3] suggests that all except the Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline [4] agreed upon cut-off of 20 ng/ml as sufficient and same cut-off has been endorsed by Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) [2]. The cut-off of 20 ng/mL is more appropriate as it coincides with the level that would cover the needs of 97.5% of the population [2]....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PediatricsPost Graduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia
  2. 2.Department of Radiodiagnosis, Sawai Man Singh Medical CollegeJaipurIndia

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