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Majority of postmenopausal women need more vitamin D

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January 11, 2012. A Position Statement prepared by the European Menopause and Andropause society (EMAS) published in the January, 2012 issue of the journal Maturitas reveals an undesirably low level of vitamin D in postmenopausal women and suggests the use of vitamin D2 or vitamin D3 supplements accompanied by monitoring when needed. The text was signed by 11 international experts and defines optimal blood levels as ranging between 30 to 90 nanograms per milliliter. “We believe that many diseases can be aggravated by a chronic deficiency of vitamin D,” stated project leader Faustino R. Pérez-López of the University of Zaragoza. “We analyzed the conditions and diseases that are associated with vitamin D deficiency and we recommended the intake of supplements in postmenopausal women.”
Reduced vitamin D levels are estimated to affect 50 to 70 percent of Europeans. “Healthcare professionals should be aware that this is a common problem which affects a large part of the population in Europe, even those who live in sunny places,” Dr Pérez-López noted. “The World Health Organisation or other relevant bodies belonging to the European Union should establish minimum requirements or recommendations on the fortification of foods with vitamin D.”
Although the medical community still has not reached a consensus concerning vitamin D supplements, Dr Pérez-López remarked that “they are effective but its efficacy has not yet been accepted.” He recommended that “Patients with risk factors associated with hypovitaminosis (obesity, pigmented skin, intestinal malabsorption syndromes and living in regions close to the North and South poles) should increase their intake to up to 4,000 IU per day.”
“It is unknown what will happen in the future but we make our recommendations from the EMAS,” he concluded. “This is the first statement on the matter in Europe directed towards menopausal women.”



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