Average levels of vitamin D are adequate in adults living in Scotland
28 November 2013
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New research carried out by ScotCen shows that the average blood levels of vitamin D from adults living in Scotland are above the level regarded adequate
A survey commissioned by the Food Standards Agency in Scotland and the Scottish Government, carried out by ScotCen Social Research, shows that the average blood levels of vitamin D from adults living in Scotland are above the level regarded adequate (more than 25nmol/L of circulating 25hydrox(OH) vitamin D).
The study was carried out to provide information about the vitamin D status of the adult population in Scotland. A representative sample of adults who participated in the 2010 and 2011 Scottish Health Surveys was selected for the study and more than 1,400 blood samples were analysed to provide a measure of vitamin D status in the adult population.
The study found:
- The average vitamin D status of the Scottish population was 37.5nmol/L, which is above the conventional cut-off for defining the lower limit of adequacy (>=25nmol/L). However, more than a third of all participants had vitamin D status below this level.
- There was an association with socioeconomic status; those living in the more deprived areas and with the lowest incomes had poorer vitamin D status.
The findings from this survey extend our knowledge of the vitamin D status of Scottish adults and will help inform the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) review of the dietary reference value (DRV) for vitamin D.
FSA in Scotland Director, Charles Milne, said: ‘This research provides us with a comprehensive look at the vitamin D status of adults living in Scotland. This further strengthens the evidence base and will be carefully considered as part of the ongoing SACN vitamin D review.’
Public Health Minister, Michael Matheson, said: ‘The findings of this study help to further strengthen the evidence base around vitamin D and should be welcomed. It is vital that we continue to raise awareness of current vitamin D guidelines amongst those considered at risk of deficiency. We will work with the Food Standards Agency in Scotland to ensure that the results of this study are brought to the attention of SACN and considered as part of its review on vitamin D.’
The full report can be found at: http://www.foodbase.org.uk/results.php?f_category_id=&f_report_id=845