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Last year the Public health advice for the UK Department
recommended that everyone should be taking a vitamin D

  • Vitamin D plays a truly remarkable role in the body and is important for many areas of health.
  • The government-commissioned report set the recommended levels at 10 micrograms of vitamin D per day.
  • Officials are concerned that 10 micrograms may not be achievable through diet alone, particularly when sunlight, which helps in vitamin D production, is scarce.
  • Official estimates suggest one in five adults and one in six children in England may have low levels.
  • Public health officials say, in winter months, people should consider getting vitamin D from supplements, if their diet is unlikely to provide it.
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The Sunshine Vitamin

While our bodies manufacture vitamin D on exposure to sunshine, the levels in many countries is so weak during the winter months that our body makes little or no vitamin D at all, meaning that dietary supplements are often the best way to safeguard intakes of vitamin D.

Many populations, including the majority of those in Europe, require an additional dietary source of vitamin D to achieve and maintain an adequate status of vitamin D throughout the year.

In addition, the body does not generate vitamin D when sitting behind a glass window, whether in your car, in the office or at home, because these UV rays cannot penetrate glass to generate vitamin D in the skin.

Sunscreens, even weak ones, while essential to protect the skin, can affect the body's ability to generate vital vitamin D.

Vitamin D in the diet and health benefits

vitamin D is naturally present in some foods (e.g. oily fish such as herring, sardines, fish liver oils, eggs, butter) and in a few foods that are fortified with vitamin D (e.g. .margarine, some cereals, some yoghurts).

vitamin D is fat soluble, therefore advice to eat lower fat diets may contribute to reduced intakes from foods and hence dietary supplementation may be needed.

In the UK the background diet provides 3-4 ug /day of vitamin D and only a little more if oily fish is consumed.

There are a number of reasons why vitamin D supplementation is now advocated.

  • Government health advice to reduce sun exposure which can mean less Vitamin D is produced naturally by the body.
  • Reduced sun exposure in certain groups of the population e.g. older people, for religious reasons/clothing, certain occupations, medical reasons, those with dark skin (as greater skin melanin content can reduce the skin's ability to produce Vitamin D).
  • Increased requirement at certain life stages e.g. the elderly population - whose skin may not be able to synthesize Vitamin D effectively.
  • Those with increased dietary intolerances (e.g. lactose and dairy), allergens.
  • People who are on a diet.

What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is synthesised by the body on exposure to sunlight, however many people are now following health advice to avoid too much sun exposure, which reduces vitamin D levels in the body.

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin also found in foods such as oily fish, butter and egg yolk. It is formed through the action of UV sunlight on the skin.

Vitamin D has functions and benefits that are probably more wide ranging than any other vitamin.

There has been huge renewed interest in vitamin D recently, with new global research showing that the health benefits of this nutrient stretch beyond bone health.

There is increasing evidence for the beneficial effects from dietary Vitamin D which has shown benefits for its contribution to:

  • Maintenance of normal bones and teeth
  • Normal absorption and utilisation of calcium and phosphorus
  • Normal muscle function
  • Normal blood calcium levels
  • Normal function of the immune system
  • The process of cell division

Could you be vitamin D deficient?

For a number of reasons, many people aren’t getting enough vitamin D to stay healthy. This is called vitamin D deficiency. You may not get enough vitamin D if:

  • You don’t get enough sunlight. Your body is usually able to get all the vitamin D it needs if you regularly expose enough bare skin to the sun. However, many people don’t get enough sunlight because they spend a lot of time inside and because they use sunscreen. It’s also difficult for some people to get enough vitamin D from the sun during the winter.
  • You don’t take supplements. It’s very difficult to get enough vitamin D from the foods you eat alone.
  • Your body needs more vitamin D than usual, for example if you’re obese or pregnant.
Are certain people more likely to have vitamin D deficiency?

There are some groups of people that are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency. The following people are more likely to be lacking in vitamin D:

  • People with darker skin. The darker your skin the more sun you need to get the same amount of vitamin D as a fair-skinned person. For this reason, if you’re Black, you’re much more likely to have vitamin D deficiency that someone who is White.
  • People who spend a lot of time indoors during the day. For example, if you’re housebound, work nights or are in hospital for a long time.
  • People who cover their skin all of the time. For example, if you wear sunscreen or if your skin is covered with clothes.
  • People that live in the North of the United States or Canada. This is because there are fewer hours of overhead sunlight the further away you are from the equator.
  • Older people have thinner skin than younger people and this may mean that they can’t produce as much vitamin D.
  • Infants that are breastfed and aren’t given a vitamin D supplement. If you’re feeding your baby on breast milk alone, and you don’t give your baby a vitamin D supplement or take a supplement yourself, your baby is more likely to be deficient in vitamin D.
  • Pregnant women.
  • People who are very overweight (obese).
What are the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency?

The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are sometimes vague and can include tiredness and general aches and pains. Some people may not have any symptoms at all.

If you have a severe vitamin D deficiency you may have pain in your bones and weakness, which may mean you have difficulty getting around. You may also have frequent infections. However, not everyone gets these symptoms.

If you think you may have vitamin D deficiency, you should see your GP immediately.

How do I know if I’m deficient in vitamin D?

The way doctors measure if you’re deficient in vitamin D is by testing your 25(OH)D level, but most doctors just call this a vitamin D test.

Getting this blood test is the only accurate way to know if you’re deficient or not.

How can I get more vitamin D?

There are two ways to get more vitamin D: by exposing your bare skin to the sun or by taking vitamin D supplements.

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