Vitamin D status in the UK
The UK’s National Diet and Nutrition Survey has shown consistently low levels of vitamin D intake from food since its inception in 2008. The survey also undertakes some blood testing to check nutrient levels in the body and the results from this have also shown low levels of vitamin D in the blood.
As a result of public health concerns, the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) researched the issue and published a report in 2016 which made recommendations on vitamin D intakes. Public Health England accepted the report and, because it is recognised that vitamin D is not widely available in the diet, the UK now makes recommendations for vitamin D supplementation.