The current advice is that most people should be able to get all the vitamin D they need by getting enough sun and eating a healthy balanced diet. However, the Department of Health recommends that supplementation may be helpful for the following groups of people:
– All pregnant and breastfeeding women – vitamin D stores get used up during pregnancy, so women who have several pregnancies close together are at higher risk
– Infants and young children aged under five years old – babies of mothers who are deficient, particularly breastfed babies from 1 to 6 months
– All people aged 65 or over – housebound people in nursing and residential homes are particularly at risk
– People who have low or no exposure to the sun – overuse of sunscreen, particularly high factor SPFs. People who cover their skin for cultural reasons. Sports people who spend all day training indoors
– People who have darker skin – people of South Asian, African and Afro-Caribbean origin as their bodies are not able to make as much natural vitamin D
The risk of not getting enough vitamin D?