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Letters Vitamin D supplements and bone health

Enough data to draw conclusions about vitamin D and bone health

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4755 (Published 15 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4755

Re: Enough data to draw conclusions about vitamin D and bone health

If significant proportions of the UK population have 25(OH)D concentrations below 25 nmol/l (20-30% in England (1), 33% in Scotland (2) wouldn't Martineau's suggestion (3) to supplement the whole of the UK with vitamin D make sense, in order to avoid rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults?

1. SACN 2016 Vitamin D and health. https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/scientific-advisory-committee-on-nu...
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
3. Roth D, Abrams S, Aloia J, et al. Global prevalence and disease burden of vitamin D deficiency: a roadmap for action in low- and middle-income countries. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. xxxx (2018) 1–36 ⃝ C 2018 New York Academy of Sciences.

Competing interests: No competing interests

16 November 2018
Helga M Rhein
retired GP
previously Sighthill Health Centre
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK