Vitamin D insufficiency is one of the most
common nutritional associated health problems prevalent worldwide and often
undiagnosed diseases in the medical practices. Discussions and cross-sectional
studies relating to awareness of this problem are needed. Although several
studies have addressed the awareness of this vitamin deficiency among different
participants like athletes, high- risk patients (Alemu & Varman (2012) BMC
Res. Notes, 5, 17 doi:10.1186/1756-0500-17), medical practitioners (Agens et
al., (2012) e-SPEN J., 7, 6, 215-218), students (Malaeb et al., (2017) J.
Epidemiol. Global Health, 7, 1, 55-62), children and adults (Al-Daghiri et al.,
(2016) J.Steroid Biochem. Mol. Biol., 164,235-238), however the literature
survey shows that gender specific awareness is lacking. In view of this, the
presented manuscript reveals a different approach in addressing a similar
problem and delivering new information on this subject based on gender
criterion. Understanding the level of awareness of vitamin D deficiency around
the world through such study is an important step towards searching for
solutions to curb or prevent the adverse effect of such incident diseases.
Popularisation through education is one of the methods to change human
behavior, cultural and lifestyle attitudes.
The statistical methods used in the manuscript
are appropriate and are based on the Fisher’s test for pairing and comparing
independent data. The number of participants in the case study is formidable
and enough to acquire reliable information for analysis in such cross-sectional
I recommend that the manuscript is published
with minor corrections as marked in the text below:
1. Results- (“as shown in Fig.1”) should
be removed from the sentence because it is confusing since it refers to the
general awareness among participants and not specific awareness among different
participants as shown in Table 4.
2. Discussion – (“outcome of interests”)
should be discarded because it is not known what type of interest in the place.
One will ask whether there is a hidden pharmaceutical company interest in this
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