Improved diagnostics could shed more light on vitamin D deficiency
Mounting evidence now supports important roles of vitamin D in extraskeletal tissues and how vitamin D inadequacy can impact conditions ranging from cancer to cardiovascular disease. In addition, the amounts required for health are likely higher than previously thought. At the same time, vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency is increasing. Although estimates vary, evidence suggests that more than one billion people globally (more than 10 % of the population) are vitamin D deficient or insufficient. OSAvit-D is developing a cost-effective point-of-care diagnostic device for widespread screening during outpatient visits and in the field. This will improve and enable early detection and treatment of the potentially harmful and increasingly prevalent vitamin D deficiency.
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