vitamin d supplements

Call for evidence issued as 1 in 6 adults show low levels of vitamin D

A review has found that one in six adults and around 20% of children in the UK have a vitamin D deficiency making them more susceptible to rickets and bone pain. 

The call for evidence will look to identify new ways of improving vitamin D intake across the UK through dietary supplements and fortified food and drink.  

The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) launched the call to raise awareness of the importance of vitamin D and receive vital feedback from the public and health experts as well as food manufacturers. 

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “We must break the link between background and prospects for a healthy life, and I am determined to level up the health of the nation and tackle disparities. 

“People from Black and Asian communities, older people and people who have limited access to the outdoors are more likely to have lower levels of vitamin D, which is essential for bone and muscle health and improving years of life lived in good health. 

“I have launched this call for evidence to identify innovative ways we can encourage people to increase their vitamin D intake and help people live longer, healthier and happier lives.” 

The public call for evidence comes ahead of the Health Disparities White Paper, which is due to be published later this year and will look to set out aims in reducing health disparities between communities and recognise the causes, so people’s backgrounds do not affect their prospects of a healthy life.  

Currently it is advised that all adults and children try to maintain a daily intake of 10 micrograms of vitamin D with some at risk groups being told to take supplements. 

The OHID are aiming to involve retailers, pharmacies and health organisations into the campaign to raise better national awareness.  

Dr Tazeem Bhatia, Interim Chief Nutritionist at OHID, said: “I welcome this call for evidence as part of OHID’s continued drive to improve health outcomes and tackle health disparities. We want to improve the dietary health of the population and this includes supporting everyone to maintain sufficient vitamin D levels to support strong and healthy bones and muscles.” 

Pregnant women and new mothers are eligible to receive free supplements which contain folic acid, vitamin C and vitamin D as part of the Healthy Start scheme. Children aged below four are also eligible for free supplements but take-up of this is currently very low.  

NHE March/April 22

NHE Jan/Feb 22

Calling time on stop gap solutions

The new edition of NHE’s e-magazine highlights the newest digital innovation, environmental efforts, procurement projects and more with articles from the likes of Lord Victor Adebowale, Chair of the NHS Confederation (pg38), Health Education England and NHS Supply Chain.  

Videos...

View all videos
National Health Executive Presents

National Health Executive Presents

NHE365 Virtual Events

NHE has created a full calendar of events to address the most important issues that influence the delivery of healthcare services. Over 365 days you'll have the opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivating, informative and inspirational speakers. These speakers will equip you with the knowledge and unique insight to enable you to overcome the challenges that you face.

Finger on the Pulse

Ep 14. Health messaging is a science, Professor Craig Jackson

On Episode 14 of NHE's Finger on the Pulse podcast, we're joined by Professor Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology
Birmingham City University to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the health messaging around it and how those in power have missed a trick by overlooking the key role of psychology in informing the public of restrictions, measures and the ever-changing situation

More articles...

View all