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Optimal vitamin D levels may vary for different ethnic, racial groups: Study

Doctors should not rely on one-size-fits-all when prescribing vitamin D supplement as each patient has different requirements, suggests a study.The study was published in the journal Metabolism, Clinical and Experimental .According to the Institute of Medicine, people with less than 20 nanograms of vitamin D per milliliter of blood are deficient. The Endocrine Society set a higher threshold of 30 nanograms. Recommendations based on earlier studies using a number of different tests for vitamin D levels persist and, not surprisingly, current guidelines vary, said author Sylvia Christakos, a professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. For example, it is not clear that the most optimal levels for vitamin D are the same for Caucasians, blacks or Asians alike. More laboratories are now implementing improved tests and efforts are being made to standardize results from different laboratories, Christakos added.Vitamin D s main function is to help the body absorb calcium. Deficiency ...


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