Vitamin D testing in primary care
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Although rickets and osteomalacia are now rare in New Zealand there is concern that low vitamin D levels in older adults are contributing to bone loss and consequent fractures. Low levels of vitamin D are common in older adults but measurement of vitamin D is expensive. As an alternative to widespread testing, there is international interest in vitamin D supplementation for older people. However, there is no international consensus on how to deal with this issue1. In this article, we discuss a reasonable approach to vitamin D supplementation and testing.
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