Health

Lack of sunshine in the UK: vitamin D

This is a scourge across the Channel. The severe lack of sunshine that affects Britain could soon lead the government to take further measures by recommending that people take “precautionary measure” vitamin tablets D. The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) presented a report to the authorities last July, will we learn on the site Quartz.com, identified by Inrocks.

The government may soon encourage Britons to take a daily dose of 10 micrograms of vitamin D. The proposal was submitted to public consultation until the end of September. “We propose that this reference nutrient intake is applicable throughout the year, as a precautionary measure to protect the population groups in the UK identified as potentially minimal exposure to sunlight,” explains the report .

The health consequences can be severe

Such recommendations have already been issued but only for children under 5 and adults over 65 years in case of lack of sun exposure. And for good reason: 90% of vitamin D requirements in man are met by sunlight. If vitamin D deficiency are manifested most often by a large general fatigue, the health consequences can be dramatic yet: rickets in children, bone diseases in adults (osteomalacia and osteoporosis), cardiovascular problems, or alteration of the nervous system (multiple sclerosis). Also referred to cases of statistically more autism in deficient individuals.

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