Diagnosis and management of vitamin D deficiency in the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) countries: an expert consensus summary statement from the GCC vitamin D advisory board

Yousef Al Saleh*, Salem A. Beshyah, Wiam Hussein, Abdulrazzaq Almadani, Ahmed Hassoun, Ali Al Mamari, Ebtesam Ba-Essa, Essa Al-Dhafiri, Mohammed Hassanein, Mona A. Fouda, Nadia Al Ali, Naji Aljohani, Nasreen Al-Sayed, Neil Gittoes, Tarik Elhadd, Waleed Al-Baker, Shaun Sabico, Nasser Al-Daghri

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Abstract: Objective: A summary of recommendations is given within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) setting on the assessment and management of vitamin D deficiency in the region. Methods: An assembly of 11 regional experts gathered to formulate an all-inclusive approach to vitamin D deficiency within GCC. Results and Conclusion: Several gaps were identified before regional guidelines could be developed. These include adequacy and standardization of vitamin D testing, frequency of repeated testing and reference ranges, distinguishing prevention from the treatment of vitamin D deficiency, quality assurance of vitamin D products sold within GCC including contents and origins of products, and cut-points for vitamin D levels in local populations. A platform is created that can be further developed for overall regional implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number35
JournalArchives of Osteoporosis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Bone health
  • Osteomalacia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin D status
  • Vitamin D supplementation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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