Blog | Friday, August 15, 2008

Delving into Vitamin D


I've been wondering about all this new research on the mortality benefits of Vitamin D for a while now. (Do Americans really get that little sunshine? Could there be some confounding factor, such as that sedentary and sickly people don't spend time outside?) So I was excited to see that the NIH is a little suspicious too. They recently convened a conference to investigate the existing evidence on Vitamin D. I haven't had time to fully review the resulting 20 research papers, but I'm interested in the practice perspective on this issue. Have any patients asked you about Vitamin D? Are you testing their levels? And are you recommending that patients increase their intake--by sun exposure, diet or supplements?