Prevention & maintenance

Prevention and maintenance

Vitamin D deficiency means you have a low level of vitamin D in your body. Vitamin D is important to keep your bones healthy – if you become deficient in vitamin D, you are more at risk of developing certain conditions such as rickets (in children) or osteomalacia (in adults).

There are certain groups of people who are more at risk of becoming vitamin D deficient and UK guidelines recommend that they should receive a preventative dose of vitamin D to help avoid them becoming deficient.

These groups include:

  • Older patients (particularly in the case of falls or fractures) or those who may be institutionalised or hospitalised
  • Dark skinned individuals
  • Those with limited effective sun exposure due to protective clothing or consistent use of sun screens
  • Obese individuals
  • Patients being evaluated for osteoporosis
  • Use of certain medications (e.g. anticonvulsant medications, glucocorticoids)
  • Patients with malabsorption, including inflammatory bowel disease and coeliac disease

If you fall into one of these groups, your doctor may decide to prescribe a vitamin D medicine.

Always take InVita D3 as prescribed by your doctor.