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Customized Briefing for Dr. Jarir Nakouzi Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Recommended daily allowance, testing guidelines for deficiencies of vitamin D discussed.
In the Los Angeles Times (12/9) Booster Shots blog, Shari Roan wrote, "In the last month, several major medical groups have called for a range of policy changes regarding vitamin D." Currently, vitamin D intake is recommended at "200 IU for people up to age 50, 400 IU for people 51 to 70 and 600 IU for people 70 and older." But, "a group of 18 vitamin D researchers at the University of California" recommends "that the daily intake of vitamin D for adults be revised by the government to 2,000 international units a day."
Meanwhile, "recommendations for screening for vitamin D deficiency and treatment in people with cardiovascular disease" were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on Tuesday. The American Academy of Pediatrics has also "published a recommendation that the amount of vitamin D for infants, children and adolescence should be doubled."