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New vitamin D recommendations set by panel of experts in Central Europe

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:

General 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.

5 Responses to New vitamin D recommendations set by panel of experts in Central Europe

  1. The full report, and similar others, are available in 66 languages on VitaminDWiki
    at http://is.gd/PolandVitD

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  2. What evidence did they use to presume that these dosages would achieve 25(OH)D levels equal to mother nature? And why is 30 ng/ml acceptable when it is only 60% of what mother nature bestows on those that live in the sun? Is it ok to have 60% of the normal level of say, electrolytes? Calcium? Potassium? (no, that would be lethal).

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  3. Rita and Misty says:

    30 ng/ml — 50 ng/ml is deplorably low.

    Consider this:

    Those countries with universal healthcare and socialist policies perhaps want their citizens healthy–but up to a point–and, certainly they don’t want them healthy enough to all live to be 120 years of age. It would drain the economic resources of these countries.

    I know I am exaggerating here…but perhaps you get my point.

    Again–30 ng/ml — 50 ng/ml is deplorably low.

    Many may think that “this is a move in the right direction.”

    I do not think this.

    To me it is a step backwards, and one which our own IOM will use against us, for sure.

    To say I am disappointed would be an understatement.

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  4. Rita and Misty says:
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  5. This is doctor do little approach. Central Europe is more in the Northern hemisphere. So the panel should have thought beyond what they have recommended. Where is the legacy of their first doctor who first exposed TB patients/rickets victims on top of the hospital to get direct sunshine exposure?. They have well founded reasons to think better than this

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