Vitamin D status in Greenland - dermal and dietary donations

Stig Andersen, Anna Jakobsen, Hanne Lynge Rex, Folmer Lyngaard, Inge-Lise Kleist, Peder Kern, Peter Laurberg

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Vitamin D status influences skeletal health, the risk of falls and fractures, and muscle health, and it has been associated with inflammatory, infectious, cardiovascular and metabolic disorders in addition to some cancers. Prevailing intracellular infections such as tuberculosis are speculated to relate to vitamin D status. The vitamin D sources are dietary and dermal, the latter depending on UVB radiation exposure from the sun. Life in the Arctic influences vitamin D status because of dietary peculiarities, the polar night, waning of the ozone layer and maybe ethnic differences between Inuit and non-Inuit.
Original languageEnglish
Article number21225
JournalInternational Journal of Circumpolar Health
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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