Vitamin D Deficiency Screening

US Preventive Services Task Force Final Recommendation Statement

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USPSTF says it has insufficient evidence to recommend routine Vitamin D screening in adults. Treating low vitamin D levels with supplements doesn’t reduce cancer risk.

” The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) found no studies that evaluated the direct benefit of screening for vitamin D deficiency in adults. The USPSTF found adequate evidence that treatment of asymptomatic vitamin D deficiency has no benefit on cancer, type 2 diabetes mellitus, risk for death in community-dwelling adults, and risk for fractures in persons not selected on the basis of being at high risk for fractures. The USPSTF found inadequate evidence on the benefit of treatment of asymptomatic vitamin D deficiency on other outcomes, including psychosocial and physical functioning. Although the evidence is adequate for a few limited outcomes, the overall evidence on the early treatment of asymptomatic, screen-detected vitamin D deficiency in adults to improve overall health outcomes is inadequate. ”

Sources and more information:

  • USPSTF Final Recommendation Statement Vitamin D Deficiency: Screening, November 2014.
  • Screening for Vitamin D Deficiency: Is the Goal Disease Prevention or Full Nutrient Repletion?, annals, 25 November 2014.
  • Why vitamin D pills are probably worthless for most people, vox, November 24, 2014.
  • USPSTF: Routine Vitamin D Screening Unsupported, medpagetoday, Nov 24, 2014.

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