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Vitamin D is not a screening test, routine check up is not required

Vitamin D

Recent attention has been drawn to the importance of Vitamin D, often referred to as the sunshine vitamin, in the realm of health and nutrition. However, amidst the growing awareness of its benefits, the US Endocrine Society has issued new guidelines prompting a reevaluation of our approach to this essential micronutrient.


Contrary to common belief, Vitamin D is not intended for routine screening or indiscriminate supplementation. Rather, it plays a critical role in bone and teeth development, as well as in supporting the immune system. Despite its significance, experts are challenging the idea of routine testing and supplementation.

The latest guideline from the Endocrine Society advises against routine testing and supplementation of Vitamin D for healthy adults up to the age of 75. This recommendation differs from the widespread practice of testing and supplementing across the general population.

Dr. Phulrenu Chauhan, Section Head of Endocrinology at P. D. Hinduja Hospital, emphasized the excessive use of Vitamin D supplementation. She cautioned against its indiscriminate use, noting that many individuals who advocate for health and nutrition may not fully understand the potential risks of high levels or doses of Vitamin D.

Dr. Anoop Misra, Chairman & Director of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Fortis C-Doc Hospital, echoed these concerns, pointing out the costliness of routine Vitamin D testing and the lack of proven benefits associated with supplementation in healthy individuals.

While Vitamin D deficiency is widespread, particularly in the Indian population, its significance is often overlooked. However, targeted intervention is recommended in specific situations such as childhood rickets prevention, reducing mortality in the elderly, improving fetal outcomes during pregnancy, and preventing diabetes development in prediabetic individuals.

In summary, the new guidelines advocate for a more selective approach to Vitamin D supplementation, focusing on targeted intervention rather than routine testing and supplementation for all. As our understanding of this essential nutrient advances, it’s becoming evident that a one-size-fits-all approach may not yield optimal health outcomes.

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