Specttrum News: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) organized a CME (Continueing Medical Education) workshop at Rudrapur in Uttarakhand recently to discuss the various health threats faced by the people of Uttarakhand due to Vitamin D deficiency.

 

Vitamin D deficiency can have a serious long-term impact on a person's health making them vulnerable to diseases such as heart attacks, diabetes, and cancer. The CME was an initiative under IMA’s new Rise and Shine campaign and was attended by over 50 leading doctors.

 

The Rise and Shine campaign is a national movement initiated by IMA under an unconditional educational grant from USV, a pharmaceutical company. It aims to create sensitivity in 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.

 

Addressing the gathering, Dr A.K.Chauhan, Consulting Physician, Haldwani said, “Vitamin D plays a crucial role in helping our body absorb calcium and phosphorus from the food we eat; minerals that are essential for good bone health. In addition to the skeletal benefits, Vitamin D also helps prevent diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart attacks.”

 

Dr. Ambrish Mittal, Chairman, Metabolic Disorders & Endocrinology, Medanta and Dr. Prakshay Agarwal, Hony. Secretary, IMA Rudrapur Branch in a joint statement said, ”Vitamin D deficiency is rapidly gaining an epidemic status, yet it is the most under-diagnosed and undertreated nutritional deficiency in India and the World. Vitamin D, which can be synthesized in the body by sun exposure, is essential to maintain calcium homeostasis in the body for good bone health and overall disease prevention.” 


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