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Should vitamin D supplements be recommended to prevent chronic diseases?

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h321 (Published 29 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h321

Re: Should vitamin D supplements be recommended to prevent chronic diseases?

We agree with dr. Adamidou and dr. Udo that mental illnesses constitute a very important group of diseases and that there are indications that vitamin D might play a protective role. However, in line with the conclusion regarding other types of chronic diseases reported in our review, there is currently no clear evidence for recommending vitamin D supplementation to prevent these diseases.

This is not to say that vitamin D should be ignored, and prevention and treatment of vitamin D deficiency is of importance in these patients as in the rest of the population.

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 September 2015
Haakon E. Meyer
Professor, senior medical officer
Kristin Holvik, Paul Lips (VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Norwegian Institute of Public Health & University of Oslo
Box 4404, Nydalen, 0403 Oslo, Norway