Letters Vitamin D and chronic disease prevention

Vitamin D deficiency in Scotland

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2821 (Published 22 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2821
  1. Helga M Rhein, general practitioner1
  1. 1Lothian Health Board, Sighthill Health Centre, Edinburgh EH11 4AU, UK
  1. helga.rhein{at}blueyonder.co.uk

Welsh and Sattar discourage population-wide vitamin D supplementation, referring to a linked research article in The BMJ.1 However, our northerly latitude and climate in Scotland changes the perspective of their arguments. Widespread vitamin D deficiency in our practice in Edinburgh (56ºN) has led us to prescribe vitamin D to our patients …

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