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Vitamin D Scientific Recommendations for Food-Based Dietary Guidelines for Older Adults in Ireland

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Learn about the FSAI's vitamin D recommendations for older adults in Ireland.

This report was developed by the Scientific Committee of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland in response to a request from the Department of Health to provide an evidence base to underpin public health policy for vitamin D supplementation in people aged 65 years and older.

It outlines information on vitamin D status in older adults in Ireland, possible health consequences of low status, dietary vitamin D requirements and whether these are being met by older adults in Ireland, and if not, how this might be addressed through dietary means. 

Adequate vitamin D intake is essential in older adults for bone health. A daily vitamin D supplement of 10 μg or 15 μg may be considered safe for older adults in Ireland.

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