A new study found that recent Canadian immigrants are tested for vitamin D deficiency at a lower rate than other patient groups.
As discussed in previous articles, recent immigrants are at an especially high risk for vitamin D deficiency due to moving to a new environment. They are at a particularly increased risk if they are moving from places near the equator to northern latitudes, essentially moving from an environment of constant sun exposure and vitamin D production to an area of minimal sun exposure and vitamin D production.
When looking at vitamin D testing from a public health standpoint, it is important to acknowledge those at risk for vitamin D deficiency and to effectively screen and treat that deficiency. As mentioned, immigrants are at high risk for vitamin D deficiency yet often have marginal access to medical care in their new country’s health practices.