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Letters Reference intakes of vitamin D

Need to be implemented in UK

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 25 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d444
  1. Elina Hyppönen, reader in epidemiology and public health1,
  2. Barbara Boucher, honorary senior lecturer2
  1. 1Centre for Paediatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics and MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health, UCL Institute of Child Health, London WC1N 1EH, UK
  2. 2Centre for Diabetes, Bart’s and the London Medical and Dental School, Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, London, UK
  1. e.hypponen{at}

Recent recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (IOM, US/Canada) for vitamin D intakes set dietary reference intakes for adults at 600 IU/day.1 Implementation of these guidelines would considerably improve the situation in the UK, which is the only European country with no recommendation for healthy adults.2 …

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