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Vitamin D deficiency in seniors - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Practicing since : 2004
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Doctor :   hello
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how can i help u?
User :   can you direct me to senior health care doctors?
Doctor :  
I am a General Practitioner, I believe I can help you within my expertise and If required I shall recommend a specialist
User :   I am studying about lack of daylight exposure to elders
User :   I am aware about vitamin D
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ok
User :   but I am wondering if there is anythign else I should be knowign
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ok
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yes vitamin d is one important thing
User :   ok
Doctor :  
ansd too much exposur may lead to skin cancer
User :   As you are aware, many seniors have limited mobility.
User :   and many have difficulties to do the outdoor activities
Doctor :  
ok
User :   therefore, many of them has low level of vitamin D and sun exposure
Doctor :  
ok
User :   To briefly introduce myself. I am a researcher. I am studying Industrial design and possibly create a product for seniors with this problem
User :   I found this website and hoped that it will expand my research
User :   any information would help me
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ok
User :   have you worked with seniors?
Doctor :  
yes
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vitamin d deficinecy in adults will lead to bone weakness
User :   anything else sir?
Doctor :  
it also leads to formation of cysts in the bone
Doctor :  
vitamin d plays a n imp role in mobilisation of calcium to and from the vbone
User :   I see
Doctor :  
calcium is an imp compenent of bone..so in vitamin d difficiency calcium will be mobilised from bone to blood so bones become brittle and are more prone to fractures
User :   did you have any patient that has health issues due to the lack of daylight exposure?
Doctor :  
Signs and symptoms of vitamin d def in adults are burning in the mouth and throat, nervousness, diarrhea, and insomnia also
User :   how important natural ligth is to seniors?
User :   sufficient amount, I meant
Doctor :   there is nothing extra required
Doctor :  
the normal exposure in day todaylife is more than enough
User :   how about to people who stays hospital or nusing house most of the day
Doctor :  
once in a week sun bath will be fine
User :   I see.
Doctor :  
ok
User :   well thanks for your time today
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User :   I did
User :   Thanks.
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