National Osteoporosis Society clinical guidance on vitamin D
Vitamin D is important to maintain bone health but also appears to be associated with the prevention of auto-immune disease, cancer, mental health problems and cardiovascular disease. Deficiency is common in the UK, particularly with older people and people who have limited exposure to sunlight, such as patients in long-term care. People who use sunscreen preparations, cover their bodies with clothing or have darker skin have increased risk.
The guideline includes:
- Who should be tested
- Method of testing
- Treatment of deficiency
- Vitamin D toxicity.
The Department of Health & Social Care recommend that people over 65 years and those not exposed to sunlight should take a daily supplement containing 10µg (400iu) of vitamin D.
For further information, please see the full guidance here.