Many Americans are Deficient in Vitamin D

Posted on 01. Feb, 2010 by in In the News

Deficiencies of the “sunshine vitamin” are linked to conditions ranging from rickets to heart disease and diabetes, and a new study finds that most of us aren’t getting enough. Researchers report a dramatic increase in the incidence of vitamin D deficiency in the U.S., with a particularly striking finding among African Americans—only 3 percent of more than 3,000 sampled in 2004 had the recommended levels of D, compared with four times that percentage of more than 5,000 African Americans sampled 20 years ago.

“We were anticipating that there would be some decline in overall vitamin D levels, but the magnitude of the decline in a relatively short time period was surprising,” says study coauthor Adit Ginde, MD. “We’re just starting to scratch the surface of what the health effects of vitamin D are. There’s reason to pay attention, for sure.”

The Institute of Medicine recommends 200 to 600 IU of vitamin D daily, but in the wake of new research, it theorizes that the dosage will be increased to 1,000 IU. An update is expected in May 2010.

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