The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is currently carrying out a public consultation to improve the vitamin D status of the population and is inviting responses from various stakeholders, including healthcare professionals and individuals.
They are particularly interested in addressing the following areas:
- addressing health disparities related to accessing and consuming vitamin D
- improving population awareness of vitamin D
- improving awareness among health and care professionals of vitamin D
- improving vitamin D status through diet, including fortified foods and biofortification
- improving vitamin D status through dietary supplements, and increasing access to and availability of dietary supplements
What we need from you
In order to ensure that the vital message is heard about the role of vitamin D in MS, we are asking as many of the OMS community as possible to fill in this government survey here:
You should feel free to complete as much or as little of the survey as you wish, and all data is being collated without any information to identify individuals.
The DHSC is particularly interested in receiving the evidence that may help to inform change in U.K. Public Health policy on vitamin D, so we have included some of the points that OMS think are most important, as well as links to some of relevant scientific research on the matter. Please pick and choose any you wish to include in your response. The more of you that complete the survey, the more likely it is that our points will be considered, and hopefully lead to change in the management of people with MS in clinics up and bottom the country.
The role of Vitamin D in Multiple Sclerosis
- There is now a large and congruent evidence-base for the role of ensuring adequate vitamin D levels in MS prevention
- High-quality evidence for the role of vitamin D supplementation in reducing relapses, MRI activity and disability progression in those with MS
- A majority of U.K. neurologists now recommend people with MS to take 4000IU vitamin D3 daily, in spite of NICE Guidance that does not support the practice
- Safety of higher doses of vitamin D (up to 10,000IU daily) and acknowledgement from Multiple International Endocrine Societies that higher doses are safe for the general population
- Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis recommends people with MS to take 5,000 - 10,000IU vitamin D3 daily
Jelinek G,A; Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis, the Evidence Based 7 Step Program; 2nd edition, Allen & Unwin 2016; pp148-190
Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Handbook, Roadmap to Good Health; Allen & Unwin 2022; pp 68-86
Systematic Review Demonstrating Errors in Vitamin D Dosage Advice
2020 Review of Vitamin D in MS
Safety of High Dose Vitamin D in Children https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2791031
U.K. Neurologists’ Views on Vitamin D in MS
Endocrine Society Vitamin D Targets