Improving the health of people in the UK with Vitamin D

The hormone called Vitamin D – an essential part in our health

Since 2009 I have made many submissions about Vitamin D and health to senior people in the Department of Health and Social Care, including Public Health England, NICE, SACN and many others

This is because I am totally convinced that the hormone called Vitamin D plays an essential part in our health

I organised 3 scientific conferences about Vitamin D in 2011 in the Wellcome Trust conference centre

One of the speakers at all 3 events was Gastro-enterologist Dr David Grimes

He is a great resource and a wonderful source of knowledge and experience, as he probably knows as much as anyone about the public health aspects of Vitamin D

Please take 30 minutes to watch the YouTube video of his talk here:

You can download the slides here:

This talk – although focussed on Obstetrics – includes:

  • How important is Vitamin D ?
  • Genetic & non-genetic factors
  • Money / Housing / Place of residence / Religion / Ethnicity / Education / Hobbies
  • Diet
  • Micro-organisms
  • Maternal factors
  • Conception / Gestation / childhood
  • Seasonal factors ( 14 minutes )
  • Low vitamin D in winter / high levels in summer
  • Pre-natal factors and adult health
  • Birthweight / Heart disease / COPD / Diabetes / Multiple Sclerosis / Menopause
  • Ethnic Asian and Black men have a worse health profile than their fathers
  • He discusses their different Vitamin D levels at 27 minutes into his talk (Slides 135-139)
  • Asian people have dangerously low levels of Vitamin D
  • “White names” = 19 ng/mL
  • “South Asian Names” = 9 ng/mL
  • Sunshine or Supplement
  • How much ?

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