THE INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE HAS REVISED THEIR VITAMIN D GUIDELINES, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Looks like our latest supplement darling, vitamin D, isn’t the fountain of youth or health we all seem to continue to search for. That’s judging by the Institute of Medicine’s modest increase in recommended daily intake released recently. Erin Michos, a cardiologist and vitamin D researcher at Johns Hopkins, would modify those goals.
MICHOS: Personally I don’t think that there is one daily dose that fits everybody. There’s a lot of things that factor into your blood levels and what I think matters biologically is having adequate levels in your blood, so based on what part of the country you live in, how much sun you get, your skin coloring, your body mass index, because fat cells sequester vitamin D. If you have more fat tissue your levels are lower, so there’s many factors that go into your blood levels. :30
Michos recommends a blood test to assess your vitamin D level. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.