Smart Woman: New Screening Guidelines for Vitamin D Deficiency

Published 06/23 2014 05:41PM

Updated 06/23 2014 06:16PM

A government task force is out with new guidelines for Vitamin D screening. The panel found there's not enough evidence for or against screening. 

Screening for Vitamin D deficiency has become routine in recent years, but the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is calling that practice into question for healthy adults. 

"We really just don't have enough evidence to say one way or the other whether screening for Vitamin D has a health benefit." said Dr. Kirsten Bibbins with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. 

"Unfortunately, what we don't know is exactly what levels really would classify someone as being deficient in Vitamin D."

Vitamin D is a nutrient that helps the body absorb calcium for healthy bones. The greatest source is sun exposure. It is also found in fatty fish like salmon. The panel agrees Vitamin D is important, but just how much is needed is unclear. 

The task force does recommend discussing screening with your doctor if you show symptoms of being Vitamin D deficient. 

The task force adds older adults at risk for falls are one specific group who should continue to get Vitamin D supplements because Vitamin D, along with exercise has been shown to help prevent falls. 

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