A panel of experts in Central Europe have drafted new vitamin D recommendations for Central Europeans. The panel, led by Dr Paweł Płudowski of the Children’s Memorial Health Institute, includes over 30 international researchers, scientists and doctors, many of which are from Poland.
Evidence of low vitamin D status in Central Europe prompted the panel to set new recommendations. Their intent is that their guidelines are adopted and used by Central European governments, organizations, clinicians and public health groups.
Here are their recommendations:
- Infants 0-6 months: 400 IU/day
- Infants 6-12 months: 400-600 IU/day
- Children/Adolescents: 600-1,000 IU/day
- Adults: 800-2,000 IU/day
- Pregnant women: 1,500-2,000 IU/day
Recommendations for people at-risk
- Premature infants: 400-800 IU/day
- Obese children: 1,200-2,000 IU/day
- Obese adults: 1,600-4,000 IU/day
- Night workers: 1,000-2,000 IU/day
The panel also recommend vitamin D blood levels, recommending levels of over 30 ng/ml.
“There is an urgent need to improve the Vitamin D status of children, adolescents, adults and the elderly,” the authors stated. “The present paper offers elaborated consensus on supplementation guidance and population strategies for vitamin D in Central Europe. Prophylaxis of Vitamin D deficiency should be included in the priorities of physicians, medical professionals and healthcare policy-makers.”
Płudowski P et al. Practical guidelines for the supplementation of vitamin D and the treatment of deficits in Central Europe — recommended vitamin D intakes in the general population and groups at risk of vitamin D deficiency. Endokrynologia Polska, 2013.