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Why Prisoners Don’t Get Enough Vitamin D  

Author:  Margaret R.  Moreland, J.D., M.S.L.S. .

Source: Volume 18, Number 03, March/April 2017 , pp.52-53(2)

Correctional Health Care Report

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Vitamin D deficiency is linked to poor skeletal health, lower muscle strength, increased body sway, falls, disability, low bone mineral density, osteoporosis, and fractures. Not surprisingly, D deficiency is common among prison inmates. Here, Margaret Moreland reviews the findings of one of very few studies of Vitamin D deficiency in prisons: “The Vitamin D Status of Prison Inmates” By Benjamin Udoka Nwosu, Louise Maranda, Rosalie Berry, Barbara Colocino, Carlos D. Flores Sr., Kerry Folkman, Thomas Groblewski, and Patricia Ruze, in PLOS ONE.

Keywords: vitamin D deficiency; bone health; diet; sun exposure; skin pigmentation

Affiliations:  1: Pace University School of Law Library.

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