The National Osteoporosis Society has published Vitamin D and Bone Health: A Practical Clinical Guideline for Patient Management, the UK’s first clinical guideline for health professionals identifying and treating vitamin D deficiency.
The guideline, which has been developed by a group of clinicians and scientists with expertise in vitamin D and osteoporosis, describes who should be tested for vitamin D deficiency, how the results should be interpreted and how deficiency should be treated. For the first time, UK healthcare professionals now have balanced, expert advice on the management of patients with vitamin D deficiency, which has previously been relatively neglected and inconsistent.
The Guideline recommends:
- Testing only those patients with symptoms of vitamin D deficiency OR where low vitamin D levels could affect treatment for osteoporosis.
- Patients with a very low level of vitamin D in their blood which needs to be improved rapidly to be given higher doses of vitamin D tablets for a number of weeks.
- Vitamin D3, given in tablet form as opposed to an injection, is the treatment of choice for vitamin D deficiency.