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Canadian Health Survey Finds Four Percent Of Population Is Vitamin D Deficient

March 23, 2010: 11:03 PM EST
An analysis of data collected from a national sample of Canadians who participated in a health measures survey found that about four percent of Canadians aged 6 to 79 are vitamin D-deficient. In addition, more than ten percent had vitamin D concentrations in their blood that were inadequate for bone health. The scientists who examined the data discovered that “low milk consumption and non-white racial background” were significantly associated with lower blood plasma concentrations of vitamin D. The national survey analyzed blood and urine samples from Canadians for chronic and infectious diseases, environmental toxins and nutritional biomarkers, including glucose, cholesterol, calcium, and vitamin D.
Kellie Langlois, Linda Greene-Finestone, Julian Little, Nick Hidiroglou and Susan Whiting, "Vitamin D status of Canadians as measured in the 2007 to 2009 Canadian Health Measures Survey", Statistics Canada, March 23, 2010, © Statistics Canada
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