Conference calls for promotion of vitamin D

SNP Conference has today called for more to be done to promote the health benefits of vitamin D and for the possibility of providing young children with vitamin D supplements to be examined.

Vitamin D is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but Scotland’s low levels of UV light mean that deficiency in the vitamin can be common. Studies have shown that low vitamin D levels can increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis, which has a high prevalence in Scotland.

Commenting SNP MSP Mark McDonald who sits on the Health and Sport Committee said said:

“Vitamin D is an essential part of ensuring people in Scotland live healthier lives and studies have shown that the risks of multiple sclerosis are increased by Vitamin D deficiency.

“It is absolutely right that people in Scotland are made aware of the many health benefits that getting enough vitamin D can bring to them.

“Scotland’s high incidence rate of multiple sclerosis means that every option that could prevent MS occurring should be on the table.

“Anything we can do to reduce the risks of MS in Scotland is something we need to seriously consider.”