Chief medic voices vitamin D concern

England’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, is concerned that young children and some adults aren’t getting the levels of vitamin D they need.

According to reports from the BBC, she is to ask medical professionals to review current guidelines, which recommend supplementing key groups, including under-fives.

Davies said: “We know a significant proportion of people in the UK probably have inadequate levels of vitamin D in their blood. Our experts are clear – low levels of vitamin D can increase the risk of poor bone health, including rickets in young children.”

The Guardian reports that the likelihood is the review will lead to an increase in the amounts of vitamin D pregnant women, older people and small children are advised to ingest.