The Big Vitamin D Mistake

“The role of vitamin D in innate and adaptive immunity is critical. A
statistical error in the estimation of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin D was recently discovered…Since all-disease mortality is reduced to 1.0 with serum vitamin D levels ≥100 nmol/L, we call public health authorities to consider designating as the RDA at least three-fourths of the levels proposed by the Endocrine Society Expert Committee as safe upper tolerable daily intake doses. This could lead to a recommendation of 1000 IU for children <1 year on enriched formula and 1500 IU for breastfed children older than 6 months, 3000 IU for children >1 year of age, and around 8000 IU for young adults and thereafter. Actions are urgently needed to protect the global population from vitamin D deficiency.”

—Papadimitriou DT. “The Big Vitamin D Mistake.” J Prev Med Public Health. 2017.

More time indoors also suggests a need for vitamin D supplementation.