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International Primary Care Association

Universalism and Targeting: Vitamin D Deficiency in British children and adolescents


Vitamin D deficiency causes health problems in children and adolescents in the UK. Impacts on bone mass in particular in children and adolescents are significant and the costs of treating sequelae in adulthood high. Many guidelines exist to tackle the problem, but compliance with these by patients (and doctors!) is not perfect. For improvements to be made at a population level we suggest that a universal approach to vitamin D needs to be taken, together with specific targeting of key at risk groups such as children and adolescents. Educating at risk mothers and children now will improve the health awareness of the adult population in years to come.

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  • Authors: Rivers E, Papadopoulos M, Shah V, van der Bijl S & Michie C A
  • Keywords: Vitamin D deficiency, Dental health, Children, Adolescents, Managing complex nutritional problems.
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