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Nurses urged to monitor vitamin D levels


Sunlight in Scotland is only strong enough to create vitamin D for six months of the year, according to the Scottish government.

As a result, all health professionals in Scotland have been sent leaflets telling them about recommended levels of vitamin D.

The leaflets, from NHS Health Scotland, will advise which groups of people may be at risk from vitamin D deficiency, and give advice on how people can safely increase their vitamin D levels.


Readers' comments (3)

  • It's a good start. The accepted levels for vitamin D are set to prevent rickets - they are no longer considered acceptable to prevent the diseases we now know are influenced by vitamin D. Those levels need to be urgently re- evaluated.

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  • It is a good start I agree, in that it may prompt again the necessity of looking at and re-evaluation of all the nutritional requirements in order to be healthy rather than be just in the 'not diseased' ball park of malnutrition. I'm intrigued again that this has become part of a nurse's job without any mention of said leaflet/dictat or training/role info.

    You also need to consider that herbs and supplements will be illegal to buy over the counter very soon according to pending European legislation. How, I wonder, will people be able to act on this out of a self responsibility?

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  • I teach nurses for a living and spend a lot of time investigating incidents and as much as I will defend nurses to the hilt and think they're all fantastic - truth is, I'm afraid to say I'm sometimes amazed how thick they can be too.
    I hope that this won't become one of those confusing messages that worries patients even more.
    1) Stay out of the sun, it's really bad, you'll get skin cancer.
    2) Sit in the sun whenever you can, it'll prevent rickets (I know it implies dietry advice but nurses aren't dietiticians and they will improvise)
    !! ?? !!

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