Vitamin D3 deficiency was highlighted following the report in SACN July 2016. Following publication of this report The Department of Health suggested that everyone should consider taking a vitamin D supplement for their bone health in the winter months, between October and March, if they cannot get enough by exposure to sunlight. That includes all infants and children from six months to five years.
Healthcare Professionals were keen to increase their knowledge on this preventable condition, especially as Vitamin D is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide. Around one-quarter of the UK population is deficient in vitamin D, rising to around one-third in the winter months.1
Guidelines are very useful but they don’t always take into account the challenges of treating the diverse UK population. Ethnic diversity can bring complex challenges in diagnosing and treating vitamin deficiency across all age ranges
Getting it right from the start - a national educational meeting to clarify
treatment of Vitamin D deficiency
1. NICE. Vitamin D deficiency in adults—treatment and prevention. NICE Clinical Knowledge Summary. NICE, 2016. cks.nice.org.uk/vitamin-d-deficiency-in-adults-treatment-and-prevention (accessed 11 April 2018).