yet vitamin D deficiency remains a common health issue.
According to the Endocrine Society, very few foods naturally contain or are fortified with vitamin D, and sunlight is one of the best sources of the nutrient.
People who don’t get enough vitamin D are at risk for calcium, phosphorus and bone metabolism abnormalities, which can lead to a number of diseases, including osteoporosis.
“Vitamin D deficiency is very common in all age groups, and it is important that physicians and health-care providers have the best evidence-based recommendations for evaluating, treating and preventing vitamin D deficiency in patients at highest risk,” Dr. Michael F. Holick, of Boston University School of Medicine, said recently.
The Endocrine Society issued the guidelines in response to the possible health risks associated with vitamin D deficiency. Among the group’s recommendations:
- People who are considered at high risk should be routinely screened for vitamin D deficiency.
- To maximize bone health and muscle function, people considered at high risk for a deficiency should adhere to the following guidelines for dietary intake of vitamin D:
- Children older than 1 year and adults from 19 to 70 years old, including pregnant and lactating women, should consume at least 600 IU daily.
People older than 70 years should get a minimum of 800 IU a day.
The task force stressed that in order to raise the blood level of vitamin D consistently above 30 nanograms per milliliter, a significantly higher intake of vitamin D may be required. The group also noted that vitamin D screening is not necessary for people who are not considered at risk for the deficiency.
And, it said there is no evidence supporting use of vitamin D supplements for benefits other than bone health.
If you want more information and live in the States:
12th Annual Santa Fe Bone Symposium
August 5 – 6, 2011
Sponsor: Osteoporosis Foundation of New Mexico
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States of America
Details: LEWIECKI@aol.com Register online at http://www.ofnm.org