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HEADLINE:  VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY

ANCHOR LEAD:  TOO LITTLE VITAMIN D MAY BE A BIG PROBLEM, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Many people don’t get adequate amounts of vitamin D, a recent review in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded, and this is especially concerning as vitamin D seems to help prevent cancer. Michelle Bellantoni, a geriatrician at Johns Hopkins, says the problem is especially acute among older folks.

BELLANTONI:  We’re seeing vitamin D deficiency in even healthy older adults because people are avoiding the sunlight to prevent skin cancer.  Unfortunately vitamin D is not found in our usual diet and without that skin metabolism we are seeing deficiency.  The recommended daily allowance for vitamin D is increased to 800 units for our older adults.  The average multiple vitamin has only 400 units so we are seeing deficiency in people who are taking a multiple vitamin every day.             :29

Bellantoni says some supplements do have the recommended dose but may need to be taken twice a day.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.

 


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