GP Jane Wilcock on why we ought to be taking Vitamin D dietary supplements

A FAMILY doctor urges people to take vitamin D supplements to help prevent certain medical conditions from occurring.

Dr. Jane Wilcock of Harwood, who wrote a number of articles in The Bolton News throughout the pandemic to keep people informed during the coronavirus pandemic, and is now encouraging people to consider taking the supplement .

She said: “We live in an area where sunshine is an extra extra and at a time when many of us haven’t had a sunshine boost overseas, as we may have and did before the Covid-19 pandemic Going out because of locks and general caution has reduced the outside experience for many. I believe that without vitamin D supplementation we could see an increase in vitamin D deficiency over the next several months. This can be avoided with dietary supplements.

“This article is aimed at people who are not yet taking vitamin D as a dietary supplement or on a prescription. Many people are already taking multivitamin preparations that contain vitamin D, or tablets with combined calcium and vitamin D such as adcalD3, calcichewD3 or vitamin D products themselves , these may have been purchased over the counter or provided by your GP. ”

Vitamin D is produced by a reaction of sunlight on our skin and takes up a smaller amount through food.

Dr. Wilcock said, “Between October and March we don’t have enough sunlight to make enough vitamin D and it is recommended that we take supplements.

“Vitamin D is essential for bone and muscle health. A lack of vitamin D in children is known as rickets and can cause bone and muscle pain, tenderness, and weakness. It can affect bone development, as expected, and the bowing of the legs. It can also affect the development of teeth. ”

It can cause osteomalacia in adults.
Vitamin D is often found in multivitamin supplements.

“It’s important to look at the fine print ingredients in the multivitamin or vitamin D product to see how much is in the tablet, capsule, or drop,” said Dr. Wilcock 10 micrograms (400 IU) of vitamin D per day between October and March.

“There are people with dark skin who produce less vitamin D, some who never go out in the sun, and some people who cover their skin when they are outside, and they can take vitamin D supplements with them all year round Take 10 micrograms.

“For children aged 1 to 4 years there are vitamin drops and other food supplements in pharmacies or supermarkets and vitamin D 10 micrograms is recommended all year round. Anyone who is 10 weeks or more of pregnancy or with a child under 4 years of age can apply for the Healthy qualifying start program that provides free vitamins for pregnancy, breastfeeding and for children under the age of 4, among other things. Look at https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk ”

Infants under one year of age are advised to take a different dose of vitamin D (8.5-10 micrograms per day) under certain circumstances; That is, if you are breastfeeding or if the baby receives less than 500 ml of infant formula per day. Anyone who has a child under one year of age should discuss this with their midwife and doctor.

You can find more information at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/#should-i-take-a-vitamin-d-supplement

“After the trials of the COVID-19 pandemic, the rain and storm Arwen, vitamin D is an important part of keeping us optimistic!” Said Dr. Wilcock.

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