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Type: Journal article
Title: Vitamin D and people with intellectual disability
Author: Vanlint, S.
Nugent, M.
Durvasula, S.
Downs, J.
Leonard, H.
Citation: Australian Family Physician, 2008; 37(5):348-351
Publisher: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 0300-8495
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Simon Vanlint, Michael Nugent and Seeta Durvasula
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Vitamin D is essential for the normal functioning of a diverse range of metabolic processes, especially bone health. It is widely appreciated that the elderly are at increased risk of vitamin D insufficiency, but it is less well known that people with intellectual disability are also at increased risk. OBJECTIVE: This article summarises the issues regarding vitamin D in people with intellectual disability, making recommendations about screening, management and follow up. DISCUSSION: The prevalence of intellectual disability in the Australian population has been estimated at just over 1%, implying that most general practitioners will care for several people with intellectual disability. Relatively simple steps are likely to have a significant impact on the health of this vulnerable group of people.
Keywords: Humans; Vitamin D Deficiency; Family Practice; Mentally Disabled Persons; Australia
Description: Copyright © 2008 Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Copyright to Australian Family Physician. Reproduced with permission. Permission to reproduce must be sought from the publisher, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
RMID: 0020080804
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