Health Matters: Vitamin D Guidelines

By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email
By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email

June 13, 2011
The Endocrine Society issues new vitamin D guidelines.
It has long been known getting enough vitamin D is key to bone health.
However few foods naturally contain it.
The best way to get your vitamin D remains getting out in the sun.
People who don't' get enough vitamin D are at risk for bone metabolism abnormalities which can lead to a number of diseases.
In order to better educate the public on getting enough vitamin D for their health the society recommends:
-Routine screenings for those at high risk for a vitamin D deficiency.
-Making sure infants get at least four hundred international units (I-Us)of the vitamin a day.
-Children and adults getting six hundred I-Us and people over seventy get at least eight hundred I-Us a day.
The society stresses that people may need to take a higher than recommended level of the supplement to increase the amount in their blood
Findings appear in the July issue of 'Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism."

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