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It's high time for people in UK to consider vitamin D supplements

A study in UK records shocking levels of vitamin D deficiency in certain groups


Key points from article :

There is an “alarmingly high” rate of vitamin D deficiency in the UK.

Prevalent in lower socioeconomic groups and affects vulnerable groups throughout all the seasons.

long winter months with fewer hours of daylight have contributed to vitamin D deficiency.

“Spending more time indoors and consuming lower vitamin D-containing foods can foster severe deficiency,” - Joshua Sutherland, author.

About 57% of Asians were severely deficient in winter/spring and 50.8% in summer and autumn.

Black Africans were the next, followed by mixed race people and Chinese participants.

White Europeans had the lowest prevalence of vitamin D deficiency.

Mr Sutherland highlighted “the continuing need for effective health interventions” in the country.

“Vitamin D supplements are beneficial in the prevention of respiratory infections and mortality,” - Elina Hypponen, vitamin D expert.

Research by University of South Australia published in Clinical nutrition journal.

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Elina Hypponen

Director of Australian Centre for Precision Health; Adjunct Professor in Epidemiology at the University of Tampere

European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (EJCN)

Open access journal delivering informaton in the field of Human and Clinical Nutrition.

Joshua Sutherland

Researcher and Practicing Nutritionist

University of South Australia (UniSA)

Public Research university.

Topics mentioned on this page:
Vitamin D, Equality in Longevity