Vitamin D is vital for humans as it enhances their capacity to absorb calcium, which protects bones from rickets, osteomalacia and other disorders resulting in thin, brittle, misshapen and broken bones.
Vitamin D is naturally found in very few food items like egg yolk, cheese and salmon. But 15 minutes of exposure to direct sunlight every day is enough to replenish Vitamin D levels in the body. Ultra-violet solar radiation allows the skin to generate Vitamin D which is then transported to the liver and kidney.
Depressed Vitamin D levels do not directly kill people, but it makes them susceptible to other deadly diseases like diabetes, asthma, cardiac arrest, paralysis, thyroid, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cancer.
However, despite its prevalence only a few Nepalis know about the importance of Vitamin D for good health. Most patients find out about it only when they go to hospitals to treat a different symptom caused by insufficient level Vitamin D in the blood.
A majority of kidney patients being treated at Grande International Hospital have been found to have low Vitamin D. Nephrologist Bishnu Pahari says: “This proves that there is a direct correlation between Vitamin D deficiency and renal failure.”