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27th July, 2017
Vitamin D supplementation: Choose vitamin D3 over D2

Vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent in India, almost in epidemic proportions. There are several reasons for deficiency of vitamin D. Lack of food fortification policies and more commonly our sociocultural practices, 'sun-fleeing' behavior, are major factors contributing to deficiency of this 'sunshine vitamin' in India which has abundant sunshine. Many people are unaware that they are vitamin D deficient.
Vitamin D, as we know, is essential for bone health. Evidence has also demonstrated its role in chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, infertility, dementia and autism, among others. 
There are two forms of vitamin D: vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). D2 is plant-based and D3 is derived from animal sources.
Dr KK Aggarwal
National President IMA & HCFI
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