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HomeHealthStudy finds that Vitamin D supplements do not effectively prevent disease

Study finds that Vitamin D supplements do not effectively prevent disease

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A recent study published in the British Medical Journal states that vitamin D supplements are not beneficial for most people. Although vitamin D is important for maintaining healthy bones, teeth, and muscles, evidence from clinical trials shows that taking supplements does not prevent disease. The study suggests that supplements may be beneficial for those at high risk of falls and fractures, such as people in nursing homes and those with darker skin living in colder climates. The research recommends getting vitamin D naturally whenever possible, but also advises high-risk individuals to take supplements during autumn and winter. The study also mentions that during spring and summer, when sunlight is more abundant, people tend to produce enough vitamin D naturally. However, during autumn and winter, this becomes more difficult and food sources become more important. The study states that foods like oily fish, egg yolks, red meat, and liver can help maintain adequate vitamin D levels. The American diet relies heavily on fortified foods like milk, cereals, and spreads to provide vitamin D. In countries like the UK, where fortification is not as common, supplements are recommended. Public Health England recently advised everyone to take a 10 microgram vitamin D supplement daily, but the study questions the necessity of this recommendation during winter. The study concludes that while supplements are unlikely to cause harm, they do not prevent falls or fractures in the adult population. In addition, the research found no evidence to support claims of vitamin D protecting against other conditions like heart disease or cancer. However, some experts argue that failure to address low vitamin D levels can have serious long-term implications for public health. There is still ongoing debate about deficiency levels and more research is needed to fully understand the health benefits of vitamin D. For now, it is recommended to follow Public Health England’s conservative and sensible recommendations for vitamin D supplementation.

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