Vitamin D is misnamed, as it is, in fact, an import sterol hormone with receptors throughout the body’s organs including the pancreas, immune system, breast, gut and blood vessels. Consequently, its role in health and disease is emerging and low concentrations are implicated in conditions such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease (Ref: Vitamin D: the underappreciated D-lightful hormone that is important for skeletal and cellular health, MF Holick Current Opinion in Endocrinology & Diabetes Issue: Volume 9(1), February 2002, pp 87-98).
But, it is best known for its role in the maintenance of calcium metabolism and bone health. Much literature has emerged over recent years to reveal the problem of vitamin D deficiency and the importance of its treatment.
This module is composed of 11 assessment questions, and will test your understanding of typical clinical scenarios relating to vitamin D deficiency, diagnosis and management.
Once you successfully complete the module — and achieve the minimum pass rate of 60% — you'll be awarded with a downloadable 1 hour CPD Certificate, which you can print or upload to your CPD Portfolio.
On completion of this module, you will have an improved understanding of:
Epidemiology of vitamin D deficiency
The signs and symptoms of vitamin D deficiency
When to request vitamin D concentrations
The approaches to the treatment of vitamin D deficiency and to what target levels to treat
The biochemical and clinical diagnosis of vitamin D deficiency