A new vitamin D factsheet – the first in a new range from the Self Care Forum – has been launched during Self Care Week (12-18 November) to help healthcare professionals and their patients understand various vitamins and minerals and discuss why diet and nutrition is an important part of self care.
The new factsheet aims to help improve understanding about vitamin D and support pharmacy teams in having conversations with customers by providing clear and reliable information on why vitamin D is important, where it is found, recommended intakes and how to spot deficiency.
Commenting on the launch, Dr Selwyn Hodge, Self Care Forum co-chair, said: “The Self Care Forum is delighted to be launching a range of nutrition factsheets to help pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to have important conversations with people about nutrition.
“Self Care Week takes place just as the cold and dark months are starting to set in, so it is the ideal time for people to ask their pharmacist about vitamin D supplements.”
Data shows that 17 per cent of adults are deficient in vitamin D, which is why Public Health England published recommendations in 2016 that all adults in the UK should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10mcg of vitamin D in the autumn and winter months. Supplements are also recommended year-round for infants and at-risk groups such as pregnant and breastfeeding women, the elderly, housebound people, and those who cover their skin for cultural reasons.