Group recommends screening for vitamin D deficiency

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that “the Endocrine Society recommends that people at risk for vitamin D deficiency be screened to determine their serum levels.”

The recommendation is for patients with chronic disease, “… including those with bone disease, chronic kidney disease, liver failure, malabsorption syndromes (resulting from cystic fibrosis, irritable bowel disease, weight-reduction surgery or abdominal radiation), overactive parathyroid and granuloma-forming disorders,” to be tested.

Individuals “taking drugs like anticonvulsants, glucocorticoids, antiretrovirals, antifungals and cholestyramine also should be tested, as well as older adults with a history of falls or nontraumatic fracture.”

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