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Experts say Britons may be lacking vitamin D due to low sunlight


Government health experts have suggested that people in Britain should be taking vitamin D supplements due to the lack of sunlight.

Advisors from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) are proposing new guidelines for everyone in Britain over a year old to follow.

These guidelines will advise people to take 10 micrograms of vitamin D per day. According to NICE, an estimated 10 million people in England suffer from vitamin D deficiency.

Not getting enough vitamin D can cause tiredness and aches, and severe deficiency can cause soft bones, also known as rickets.

Long term low vitamin D levels increases the risk of developing weak bones (osteoporosis) and has even been linked to multiple sclerosis, heart disease, diabetes and even some cancers.

Advisors believe that although you can increase your vitamin D intake by diet, it may not be enough to make up for the lack of sunlight.

The draft report from SACN says “It is proposed that the recommended nutrient intake is applicable throughout the year, as a precautionary measure, to cover population groups in the UK identified to be at risk of minimal sunshine exposure as well as unidentified individuals in the population with minimal sunshine exposure who would be at risk in summer.

“Since it is difficult to achieve from natural food sources alone, it is recommended that consideration is given to strategies for the UK population to achieve the recommended nutrient intake.”

The final recommendations will be released by SACN in early 2016 after a consultation period.

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