MEA comment on new public health advice about Vitamin D supplements: 21 July 2016
The BBC and other media outlets are reporting new official guidance, issued by Public Health England today, urging everyone to take a vitamin D supplement during the autumn and winter, to compensate for all those dreary days without sunshine. This is music to the ears of ME Association medical adviser, Dr Charles Shepherd, who comments: “We often flag up the fact that people with ME/CFS, especially those who are partially or totally housebound, are at increased risk of developing vitamin D deficiency – mainly due to the lack of exposure to sunlight (which helps with vitamin D production). This may also be compounded by lack of foods that are good sources of vitamin D in their diet (i.e. oily fish, eggs, fortified breakfast cereals). This new advice from Public Health England – that everyone should consider taking a vitamin D supplement during the autumn and winter months – is therefore very relevant, as vitamin D is essential for good muscle and bone health. Any deficiency of vitamin D in ME/CFS could add to the problems of muscle weakness that is already occurring.