Çocuk Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Dergisi 2003 , Vol 46 , Num 3
Vitamin D deficiency and nutritional rickets today
Şükrü Hatun1, Abdullah Bereket2, Ali Süha Çalıkoğlu3, Behzat Özkan4
1Kocaeli Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Pediatri Profesörü
2Marmara Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Pediatri Profesörü
3North Caroline Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Pediatri Doçenti
4Atatürk Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Pediatri Doçenti
Although Turkey is in a geographical location with abundant sunlight, vitamin D deficiency affecting pregnant women, infants and adolescents continues to be a major problem. In recent years, the importance of establishing programs supporting bone health and vitamin D intake has been raised again and, as a result, daily vitamin D supplements (400 IU) have been recommended for all infants in many countries. Turkey has achieved important milestones with regards to the programs supporting vitamin D; however, the continuation of active rickets as a health problem, especially in rural areas, and in recent years, changes in the lifestyles of women living in urban shantytowns remain important issues. In addition, iatrogenic subclinical D hypervitaminosis has now become a health issue in urban areas. For these reasons, there is a need for health promotion programs for vitamin D in Turkey. Looking at the data retrieved from the literature and Turkish sources, this paper aims to draw attention to the problems of rickets and vitamin D deficiency. Anahtar Kelimeler : rikets, D vitamini yetersizliği, rickets, vitamin D deficiency
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