Health professionals have underlined the need for more awareness to tackle diseases such as rickets and multiple sclerosis.
In the past decade, there has been a huge increase in cases of rickets and experts feel it is time that foods should be fortified with Vitamin D. It is time to have a publicity campaign to inform people about the health problems caused by inadequate Vitamin D.
The Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health have said that there has been a four fold increase in rickets, and deficiency of this vitamin is also connected to diabetes and tuberculosis.
According to the recommendation of The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, supplements for pregnant or breastfeeding women and their children from six months to four years is needed. Low-cost vitamin D supplements should be made widely available.
Professor Nicholas Clarke, a consultant orthopedic surgeon at Southampton general hospital said, "I strongly support the use of supplements and widespread fortification of foods. We have seen progress in this area with Kellogg's adding vitamin D to cereals last year. But not nearly enough food manufacturers have seized the opportunity to make a difference."