Worrying research that one in four British adults are deficient in vitamin D was discussed at a recent conference.
The data was revealed at a Food Supplement Special Interest Group (SIG) held at MediCity, Nottingham, which was the second in a series of events concerning the population’s nutritional intake and attended by leading nutritionists and dieticians from the world of academia, the NHS and manufacturing.
Professor Tahir Masud, from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, linked vitamin D deficiencies to poor neuromuscular functions and the increased likelihood of falls and fractures in the over 65 population.
“Research that forms part of a public health survey for England indicates that the elderly population is one of the highest groups at risk from vitamin D deficiencies, with 86.6 per cent of those living at home and 93.9 per cent of those living in care falling short of the recommended levels of the vitamin in their systems,” he said.
“There is also a correlation in some research indicating a higher level of falls and bone factures in people with inadequate vitamin D reserves in their bodies i.e. less than 75 nmol/L. Evidence also suggests a combined supplementation programme of calcium and vitamin D might help reduce the risks of falls and fractures, with vitamin D being believed to help promote both balance and neuromuscular health.”
The purpose of the Food Supplement Special Interest Group, co-founded by Medilink East Midlands, Janet Worrell, Director of consult2deliver, and Nick Bennett of Brunel Healthcare, was to open a forum of debate around the subject of food supplements, and address some of the pertinent health issues associated with diet, nutrition and health issues.