One in five people need more vitamin D, say Sheffield scientists

Sheffield scientists say people should triple their daily vitamin D intake to keep their bones healthy.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 21st July 2016, 3:17 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st July 2016, 4:19 pm
Salmon contains vitamin D
Salmon contains vitamin D

The warning comes after a five-year review led by the University of Sheffield, which found one in five people in the UK have insufficient vitamin D levels.

The human body makes most of its vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin but we also get a small amount from some foods, including oily fish such as salmon, eggs and foods to which vitamin D has been added.

Groups most at risk of vitamin D deficiency include people who don’t spend a lot of time outdoors, those who cover their skin for religious and cultural reasons and people in occupations with limited sunlight exposure, such as night shift workers.

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Professor Hilary Powers from the university’s department of oncology and metabolism chaired the review. She said: “Until now it has been assumed that sunlight would provide the vitamin D needed by most of the population all the year round.

“We now know this is not true because about one in five people in the UK have a low blood level of vitamin D.”

She added: “The Government now needs to look at the evidence and recommendations in the report and consider a strategy to help people in the UK increase their vitamin D intake.”

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