The nutrition world is in the midst a revolution: the Vitamin D Revolution. The number of vitamin D blood tests ordered by physicians (usually because the patient requests one) has increased tenfold over the last several years. The number of people taking vitamin D supplements has also increased tenfold over the same period. The number of scientific publications on vitamin D continues to increase every year.
However, it is important to remember that we are only at the very beginning of this revolution. The majority of the public are unfamiliar with the benefits of vitamin D and its effects in the body. And, just recently, it has become clear that most physicians still do not understand the importance of maintaining sufficient vitamin D levels.
Dr. Gabriel Munter and colleagues, of the Hebrew University in Israel, recently conducted a study in which they tested the vitamin D levels of 81 physicians, 38 community-based physicians and 43 hospital-based physicians. Community-based physicians are like your family doctor; hospital-based physicians are like intensive-care specialists.
They found that the average 25(OH)D of the physicians was about 17 ng/ml. Only 8% of the physicians had levels above 30 ng/ml. Vitamin D levels were lower in the hospital-based physicians than the community based ones. Overall, about 67% of the doctors had levels less than 20 ng/ml.
The Vitamin D Council has a lot of work to do. If physicians do not care about their vitamin D levels, I doubt they care much about the levels of their patients. So, it’s important to remember the Vitamin D Revolution is in its infancy.