Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a range of illnesses including rickets, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and tuberculosis; this deficiency is thought to affect one in two white Britons, 90% of those in ethnic minority communities and a quarter of all children. Thanks to the distinct lack of sunlight we receive in Britain, health professionals say intervention is needed.
Cheaper supplements should be made more readily available and more foods should be fortified with vitamin D, doctors are saying. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have revealed a fourfold increase in diseases such as rickets over the last 15 years, highlighting the need for urgent action.
Foods rich in vitamin D include:
- oily fish
Although eating these foods...