International Osteoporosis Foundation launches vitamin D map

- Last updated on GMT

International Osteoporosis Foundation launches vitamin D map

Related tags: Vitamin d

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) has launched an interactive map that details global vitamin D consumption levels.

DSM, which contributed to the map’s construction, said the results highlighted vitamin D deficiencies around the world. 

“There is far too little data available, for example, in relation to adolescents and young people, and across the developing world in general. These maps are an important starting point, but it is essential that research continues to better understand the scale of vitamin D insufficiency,” ​said DSM Nutritonal Products’ Dr Manfred Eggersdorfer, senior vice president in nutrition science and advocacy.

Both called for policy makers around the world to prioritise the issue, especially in countries with low sunlight levels, or among demographaics like non-Hispanic blacks in the US, where deficiencies rise as high as 70%.

Vitamin D deficiency is strongly linked to a range of bone development and bone strength issues as well as rickets in children and other ailments.

Judy Stenmark, CEO of the International Osteoporosis Foundation, said: “IOF urges people at risk of osteoporosis and generally all seniors aged 60 years and older to ensure optimal levels of vitamin D. In these high risk groups IOF recommends 800-1000 IU/day supplementation for fall and fracture prevention.”

“With the launch of these maps, we are calling on health professionals to be aware of the status of vitamin D insufficiency within their own country and urge them to take simple and inexpensive steps to correct it. This will ultimately improve, and even save, lives.”

Professor Heike Bischoff-Ferrari, PhD, Director of the Centre on Aging and Mobility at the University of Zurich added: “The reality is that natural production of vitamin D through sunlight decreases with age, and it is very difficult to achieve sufficient vitamin D through diet alone, especially in the senior population. The good news is that vitamin D supplementation offers an effective, inexpensive, and safe public health strategy that can make a significant difference to people’s health and quality of life, by reducing 30% of falls and hip fracture​.” 

The maps can be found here​.

Related news

Show more

Related products

show more

Vitamins & Minerals as Nature intended

Vitamins & Minerals as Nature intended

LEHVOSS Nutrition | 12-Dec-2019 | Data Sheet

LEHVOSS Nutrition offer a range of natural, organic certified, vegan and active vitamins and minerals. These are offered as “whole-food complexes” in their...

Proven Efficacy of Delphinol® on Bone Health

Proven Efficacy of Delphinol® on Bone Health

Anklam Extrakt GmbH | 21-Oct-2019 | Research Study

Within the course of a preclinical study covering in vitro and in vivo analyses, the effect of a polyphenol-rich maqui berry extract (Delphinol®) on bone...

20 Years Palm Tocotrienols Brain Health Research

20 Years Palm Tocotrienols Brain Health Research

ExcelVite Sdn. Bhd. | 25-Sep-2019 | Technical / White Paper

Research of Vitamin E tocotrienol in brain health and neuroprotection began twenty years ago.
Today, other health benefits have been discovered...

Related suppliers

1 comment

Vitamin D map

Posted by Laszlo G Meszaros,

Considering the data published lately on this issue, these maps seem to be far off... It is difficult to belive that Sweden is best off in Europe, for instance...

Report abuse

Follow us

Featured Events

View more


View more