Vol. 4, Issue 9 (2018)
Study of vitamin D3 and vitamin B12 Levels in general population in Kharghar a new age city with mixed population
Author(s): Dr. Sarita Shrivastava, Dr. Narayana Kamath, Dr. Ashwini Pachmahlkar
Abstract: Kharghar is new age city with good healthcare facilities, schools and colleges, green and clean surroundings with open spaces. Even though sunshine vitamin D is available in plenty, a small percentage of the population takes advantage. Study involves children and adults (n=200). Every patient enrolled in the study is tested for Vitamin D3 and Vitamin B12 tests. Consent for testing the samples are taken by written form in the language patient understands. Methods used for testing are CLIA/ELISA. Results show that majority of the patients (>70%) are Vitamin D3 deficient and many (>30%) are Vitamin B12 deficient. Need for citizens to get exposed to adequate sunlight to have a normal Vitamin D3 naturally produced in their body. Vegetarians to consume food containing Vitamin B12 or fortified food with B12. Regular health check is required along with the blood tests to know the vitamin levels. Need for taking supplements as per physician’s prescription to maintain vitamins levels to avoid health related issues.