Saturday, 4 June 2016

IMA Campaigns for Vitamin D Awareness

Our CorrespondentHooghly: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) recently organised a continuing medical education programme (CME) in the district to discuss the concern about the growing prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among the Indian population. It was an initiative under IMA’s Rise and Shine campaign and was attended by leading doctors of the city.

The Rise and Shine campaign is a national movement initiated by the IMA. It aims to create sensitivity amongst its 2.5 lakh members across 30 states and 1,700 branches over a period of two years about the need to raise awareness of vitamin D deficiency.

Anuj Kr Roy, president, IMA Konnagar branch, said: “Vitamin D deficiency prevails in epidemic proportions throughout the Indian subcontinent, affecting people of all age groups and genders. One of the common causes of this deficiency is inadequate sun exposure and the consumption of a poor and predominantly vegetarian diet.”

Senior physician Ambrish Mithal, said: “Adequate vitamin D levels help in the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, have a protective effect against multiple diseases and conditions such as cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis and help regulate calcium and phosphorus absorption.”