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Five times more people supplement with vitamin D in Finland since 1999

Posted on: March 7, 2014   by  Jeff Nicklas


New research published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging has found that vitamin D use has increased dramatically among elderly people in Finland.

Supplementing with vitamin D becomes more and more important as we age. As we get old, our skin thins, dampening our ability to make good amounts of vitamin D. Furthermore, we lose mobility and stop going outside in the sunshine in general.

This means that public health efforts should especially focus on ensuring that older adults are supplementing with vitamin D.

Recently, researchers out of Finland wanted to know if the elderly are doing a better job supplementing with vitamin D since the late 1990s, at least in Finland.

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2 Responses to Five times more people supplement with vitamin D in Finland since 1999

  1. hlahore@gmail.com

    That is a 4X increase, NOT a 5X increase in use of Vitamin D by those studied.
    Need to reduce the 58.4/12.5 ratio by the fewer people taking supplements (only 87% in the later survey)

    Also, the survey was only of seniors, not all people in Finland

    So, an accurate title would be:
    FOUR times more SENIORS supplement with vitamin D in Finland since 1999

  2. Jeff Nicklas


    You don’t need to adjust the ratio. The percentage of people taking vitamin D, whether they take vitamins-minerals-fish oil (VFMO) or not is 12.5% in 1999 and 58.4% in 2009. Also not sure where you’re getting your 87% from. VFMO use increased from 49.8% in 1999 to 66.8% in 2009.

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