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Dietary requirement for Vitamin D for older people, trial


Tags: chronic pain, vitamin D, muscle pain, etiology, treatment, self-treatment, nutrition, pain problems, muscle, pro

One article on PainSci cites Cashman 2009: Vitamin D for Pain

PainSci notes on Cashman 2009:

There’s limited evidence for how much vitamin D older adults need in their diet. This study was a test of over 200 men and women over the age of 64. It found that the vast majority of adults need 320-2000 IU per day during the winter, depending how much sun they got in the summer. This paper does not discuss the safe upper limits of supplementation dosages.

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BACKGROUND: Older adults may be more prone to developing vitamin D deficiency than younger adults. Dietary requirements for vitamin D in older adults are based on limited evidence.

OBJECTIVE: The objective was to establish the dietary intake of vitamin D required to maintain serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] concentrations above various cutoffs between 25 and 80 nmol/L during wintertime, which accounted for the effect of summer sunshine exposure and diet.

DESIGN: A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, 22-wk intervention was conducted in men and women aged >/=64 y (n = 225) at supplemental levels of 0, 5, 10, and 15 microg vitamin D(3)/d from October 2007 to March 2008.

RESULTS: Clear dose-related increments (P < 0.0001) in serum 25(OH)D were observed with increasing supplemental vitamin D(3) intakes. The slope of the relation between total vitamin D intake and serum 25(OH)D was 1.97 nmol . L(-1) . microg intake(-1). The vitamin D intake that maintained serum 25(OH)D concentrations>25 nmol/L in 97.5% of the sample was 8.6 microg/d. Intakes were 7.9 and 11.4 microg/d in those who reported a minimum of 15 min daily summer sunshine exposure or less, respectively. The intakes required to maintain serum 25(OH)D concentrations of>37.5,>50, and>80 nmol/L in 97.5\% of the sample were 17.2, 24.7, and 38.7 microg/d, respectively.

CONCLUSION: To ensure that the vitamin D requirement is met by the vast majority >97.5%) of adults aged >/=64 y during winter, between 7.9 and 42.8 microg vitamin D/d is required, depending on summer sun exposure and the threshold of adequacy of 25(OH)D.

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