Experts recommend screening at-risk patients for vitamin D deficiency

The Endocrine Society recently released a clinical practice guideline (CPG) examining the treatment, evaluation and prevention of vitamin D deficiencies in at-risk populations. The study reinforced the notion that very few foods are actually fortified with vitamin D, which has given way to a worldwide deficiency.

“Vitamin D deficiency is very common in all age groups and it is important that physicians and health care providers have the best evidence-based recommendations for evaluating, treating and preventing vitamin D deficiency in patients at highest risk,” said lead author Michael Holick.

The CPG recommends that doctors screen individuals for vitamin D deficiencies and treat those who are found to be lacking. They also feature recommendations for regular intake amounts within various age groups.

It is recommended that adults between the ages of 19 and 70 receive 1,500 to 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily. Doing so can be difficult through strictly dietary methods, but there are a number of supplements available, such as Dr. Pinkus’ Sublingual Vitamin D-3 from Dr. Newton’s Naturals, that provide a tremendous amount in a relatively small package.

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