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A Possible Relationship Between High-Extraction Cereal and Rickets and Osteomalacia

  • J. A. Ford
  • W. B. McIntosh
  • M. G. Dunnigan
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB)

Abstract

Rickets and osteomalacia are common among the Asian population of the united Kingdom.1,2 Rickets occurs in the neo-natal period, infancy and adolescence and osteomalacia in adult life, particularly in pregnancy. The condition is due to vitamin-D deficiency as shown by the demonstration of low levels of serum 25-hydroxychole-calciferol (25-H.C.C.) in affected patients and by their prompt theraputic response to low doses of vitamin-D.3 The reasons for the Asian population proneness to vitamin-D deficiency remain unclear. Low dietary intakes of vitamin-D, ultra-violet deprivation associated with the “purdah” way of life,4 skin pigmentation and mode of dress, a high dietary phytate intake5, and possible genetic differences in vitamin-D metabolism have all been incriminated.

Keywords

Phytic Acid White Child Asian Child Dietary Phosphorus Phosphorus Excess 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Ford
    • 1
  • W. B. McIntosh
    • 1
  • M. G. Dunnigan
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Medicine and PaediatricsStobhill General HospitalGlasgowScotland

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