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Published on September 7, 2015

Should we all take a daily vitamin D supplement?

Should we all take a daily vitamin D supplement?

Current Government guidelines state that those between the ages of 6 months up to 5 years should take a daily supplement of vitamin D, largely because this vitamin in particular is difficult to obtain through diet alone.

This guideline is currently being revised by the Government and according to the new guideline draft everyone within the UK should now consider taking a vitamin D supplement to safeguard against possible deficiency. Vitamin D is commonly described as the “sunshine vitamin” due to the fact this vitamin is synthesised in the skin via exposure to sunlight.  This remains a challenge within the UK, especially during the winter months where bleak weather can minimise sunlight exposure and ultimately put people at risk of deficiency.

A recent announcement from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) states the need for a free vitamin D supplement to be readily available for those at risk of deficiency. This combined with data supplied by Public Health England which confirms that 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 children have low vitamin D levels implies the need for a daily supplement and for greater support from the various UK Health bodies to provide this.

Later this year we’ll see the end result of this debate. What are your thoughts on the topic?

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