Several studies have shown that there is widespread vitamin D deficiency in Ireland, especially in urban areas such as Dublin. More focus is needed on the “sunshine nutrient”, which we can even get from supplements like BioActive D-Pearls. Read on and find out what makes us deficient...
Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that we humans need to maintain strong bones and good health. However, the Irish seem to have a bit of a challenge when it comes to reaching the required levels for optimal vitamin D status. Researchers from Trinity College Dublin and St. James’s Hospital have developed a visual map showing the vitamin D status of inhabitants in Dublin and found that:
• 1 in 8 (or 12.5%) of the population of Greater Dublin is vitamin D-deficient
• The vitamin D-deficiency rate for the most socio-economically deprived and ethnically diverse urban areas is up to 25% (Dublin 8 and Lucan postal districts)
• Women have significantly higher (25% on average) vitamin D levels than men have
• Those aged 18-50 years have considerably lower vitamin D levels than those older than 50