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Vitamin deficiency a cause of chronic diseases: doctors

MEDICAL scientists are studying the relationship between vitamin deficiency and chronic diseases in order to find new treatment to chronic diseases, medical experts told a conference marking the 100th anniversary of the discovery of vitamins in Shanghai today.

With widespread awareness of the role of vitamins, avitaminosis has become rare these days, but the lack of certain vitamins can still cause some chronic diseases, they said.

"Recently, there are studies on the effects of vitamin D deficiency in relation to cardiovascular diseases," said Dr Zhao Faji from the Second Military Medical University.

Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent, affecting about 1 billion people in the world, the research showed.

American doctors found 36 percent of healthy adults and 57 percent of non-surgical hospitalized patients suffer vitamin D deficiency. About 69 percent of Shanghai women in menopause and in pregnancy lack vitamin D, Zhao said.


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