Sometimes it seems that no one is listening about the importance of vitamin D. Then a paper like this one is published:
Morioka TY, Bolin JT, Attipoe S, Jones DR, Stephens MB, Deuster PA. Trends in Vitamin A, C, D, E, K Supplement Prescriptions From Military Treatment Facilities: 2007 to 2011. Mil Med. 2015 Jul;180(7):748-53. doi: 10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00511.
Below is a graph for prescriptions of vitamin D in the military from 2007 to 2011.
It shows that prescriptions for vitamin D is increasing dramatically for those aged > 44, but only marginally increasing for those aged < 18 years of age.
This means that the pediatricians are still not following the American Academy of Pediatric’s recommendation to provide vitamin D to infants and toddlers. Since vitamin D is so involved in growth and development, it is crucial that young children be given supplemental vitamin D.
We have come a long way but the Vitamin D Council still has a lot of work to do.