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Osteoporosis Foundation Develops Interactive Global Vitamin D Deficiency Maps

March 29, 2011: 09:40 AM EST
Fractures resulting from osteoporosis caused by vitamin D deficiency cost the European economy €25 billion annually, the International Osteoporosis Foundation says. But osteoporosis remains low on the list of health care priorities in many countries, though it is a major public health concern. To spotlight the problem, the IOF and DSM Nutritional Products (DSM) have developed interactive vitamin D deficiency maps to be used as a tool to educate the public and inform policymakers and health care professionals. A prototype of the European map highlights the differences in vitamin D levels across Europe and pinpoints missing data in each region for specific population groups. “The scientific evidence on the low vitamin D status in Europe clearly calls for action,” the IOF says.
DSM/Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), "Vitamin D deficiency", International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), March 29, 2011, © International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF)
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