Dietary Vitamin D Intake for the Elderly Population: Update on the Recommended Dietary Allowance for Vitamin D

Lynette M. Smith, J. Christopher Gallagher

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Abstract

Vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency can be diagnosed with measurements of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD). Most vitamin D is derived from sunlight (80%), so serum 25OHD levels are lowest in late winter and early spring. Dietary vitamin D in North America is small, about 100 to 200 IU daily. A recent review of the literature shows many association studies relating vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency to several diseases. Large randomized trials of vitamin D are underway and soon there may be answers as to whether vitamin D is clinically effective and what level of serum 25OHD is necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)871-884
Number of pages14
JournalEndocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2017

Keywords

  • IOM
  • RDA for vitamin D
  • Vitamin D supplementation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology

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