A new study indicates that most of the Indian urban men have low levels of Vitamin D in their blood which is essential for maximizing bone health.
The study, conducted by SRL Diagnostics, a leading and reputed pathology lab network in India, says that deficiency of Vitamin D is a major cause of Osteoporosis. The medical condition of bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue is associated with women in general after menopause, but also affects men.
Approximately 73 lakh men screened during 2012-2014 on Vitamin D and about 80.63% of them had abnormal Vitamin D levels.
"East Zone had highest percentage of abnormality with 86.6 percent being detected with lower levels of Vitamin D while northern and southern zone had 81.3 percent and 85.6 percent respectively. Among the four zones, western India showed the lowest percentage of abnormality with 69.8 percent," the survey report stated.
As per World Health Organization, Osteoporosis comes second to cardiovascular disease as a global health problem and one out of eight men and one out of three women in India are affected by Osteoporosis.
Heath experts say that an adequate calcium intake and adequate amounts of Vitamin D are most important foundations for maintaining bone density.