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Vitamin D deficiency in general medical inpatients in summer and winter

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Background: Vitamin D deficiency is common in various populations worldwide. Adverse effects of vitamin D deficiency are the development of bone disorders; however, other diseases such as multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and certain cancers have also been linked to vitamin D deficiency. The general medical inpatient population is a group at increased risk of vitamin D deficiency. These patients often have coexistent risk factors for its consequences. This study aims to document a point prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in this population.
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Keywords: aged; inpatient; vitamin D deficiency

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Western Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Publication date: 2007-06-01

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