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In general, the incidence of vitamin D deficiency is higher in people suffering from psychotic disorders than the population at large
I often get questions based on health and nutrition information found in my RealAge and YOU series books, so I am answering one that represents a common thread – what should we make of the contradictory media headlines about multi-vitamins. Are they beneficial or a waste of money?
Recent headlines have warned women that vitamin supplements in pregnancy are a “pointless waste of money,” seemingly discouraging micronutrient supplementation at this crucial time. Check the story behind the headlines.
Professor Cashman is the joint coordinator of the EU-funded ODIN project. He is lead author of a new paper that the authors say provides “firm evidence” of the significant risk that vitamin D deficiency poses to public health in the EU. They found that 13% of the cohort of 55,844 individuals drawn from across Europe had serum vitamin D levels below 30 nmol/L.
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to the development of osteoporosis and hip fractures as well as to other skeletal and non-skeletal disorders. Beside ‘severe deficiency’ (serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels below 25 nmol/liter) and ‘deficiency’ (serum 25(OH)D below 50 nmol/l), there is ongoing debate as to the exact definition of vitamin D ‘insufficiency’– a mild degree of vitamin D deficiency (between 50 and 75 nmol/l).