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For nearly a decade scientific evidence has been mounting to show that the vast majorities of adults (and many children) are grossly deficient in circulating blood levels of vitamin D. The conditions and diseases responsive to vitamin D that account for over half of the world's mortality include cancer, cardiovascular disease, tuberculosis and respiratory diseases and infections. Serum concentration of 25(OH)D is the best indicator of vitamin D status.
For many people, 600 international units (IUs) of vitamin D or more each day will maintain bone health, but those aged 71 and older may need as much as 800 IUs daily, the Institute Of Medicine experts say.