People on oral steroids are twice more likely to suffer from severe vitamin D deficiency than the general populace, according to a new research.

Doctors should get the vitamin D level of patients measured while prescribing steroids, as per Amy Skversky, assistant professor of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

The study on 31,000 children and adults disclosed that physicians should monitor vitamin D levels more diligently in patients being treated with oral steroids.