Ume Habiba, Maham Rukhsar, Hajira Sajid, Sumaira Liaqat
Objective: The objective of this research was to attain baseline evaluation and increase the Vitamin ‘D’ awareness among medical students. Materials and Method: This cross-sectional research was carried out from August 2019 to March 2020 at Services Hospital, Lahore on medical undergraduates. Current awareness and knowledge of the medical students were gathered through a structured questionnaire about Vitamin ‘D’ deficiency. The questionnaire included questions regarding Vitamin ‘D’, awareness, health, affecting factors and management of Vitamin ‘D’ deficiency. Outcomes analysis was made on SPSS software (P-Value <0.05). Results: Most of the medical undergraduates were not fully aware of Vitamin ‘D’ deficiency; whereas, students were suitably aware of the skeletal and bone-related disorders. Majority of them were not aware of the related consequences of CVD, diabetes mellitus (DM) and cancers. Outcomes show that 1/3rd of the respondents were well aware of the importance of intake of Vitamin ‘D’ through sun exposure. However, students were not aware of dose, biochemical forms, Vitamin ‘D’ supplementation duration and nutritional deficiency. This research highlights that students lack in the knowledge and awareness about Vitamin ‘D’ importance, its global prevalence and management strategies. Positive global health outcomes are only possible through the promotion of Vitamin ‘D’ knowledge and awareness. Conclusion: This research indicates that importance of increasing knowledge and awareness among medical students about Vitamin ‘D’ importance, its global prevalence and management strategies. This information will surely provide medical professionals with baseline data for better identification, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Vitamin ‘D’ deficiency. Better health-related behaviour formation is only possible through timely educational and awareness programmes. More emphasis is required on Vitamin ‘D’ awareness campaigns for the improvement of overall healthcare. Keywords: Vitamin ‘D’, Diabetes Mellitus, Deficiency, Baseline and Nutrition.