And what about our small vitamin D - deficient country, Scotland?
As pointed out by Meyer et al (1) people with the lowest 25(OH)D values (below 50 nmol/l) might have the most to gain by increasing concentrations in respect to total mortality and disease outcomes such as cardio-vascular disease and cancer. This concerns the people who live in Scotland: their serum average 25(OH)D concentration is 37 nmol/l and in half of the people in the lowest social class this level is below 25 nmol/l. (2)
Could the devolved Scottish health department please listen?
1. Meyer H.E, Holvic K, Lips P. Uncertainties: Should vitamin D supplements be recommended to prevent chronic diseases? BMJ 2015;350:h321
2. Food Standards Agency in Scotland. Vitamin D status of Scottish adults: Results from the 2010 & 2011 Scottish Health Surveys . Purdon G, Comrie F, Rutherford L, Marcinkiewicz A. September 2013
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