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Many people struggle to balance the facts that too much sun exposure results in skin cancer and too little causes vitamin D deficiency. Many people struggle to balance the facts that too much sun exposure results in skin cancer and too little causes vitamin D deficiency. August Allen/Flickr

Should you be worried about getting enough vitamin D?

With daylight saving ending yesterday across most of the country and winter approaching, Australians are moving from fears of too much sun exposure resulting in skin cancer to too little sun exposure and…
If your levels are a little low, ten minutes of mid-morning or mid-afternoon sunshine could get you back to normal. If your levels are a little low, ten minutes of mid-morning or mid-afternoon sunshine could get you back to normal. Image from shutterstock.com

My vitamin D levels are low, should I take a supplement?

If your blood test results suggest you’re low on vitamin D, you’re not alone – nearly one-third of the Australian population isn’t getting enough of the sunshine vitamin. But this doesn’t necessarily mean…
Diet and a little bit of sun can give us vitamin D. Diet and a little bit of sun can give us vitamin D. Julian Colton

Vitamin D needed to fight comeback of childhood rickets

For most people, our standard diet provides all the necessary vitamins we need. However, childhood vitamin D deficiency in the UK – something that should be a headline from the distant past – has made…
Even if sunscreen is applied very thickly, vitamin D production is reduced but not stopped. Even if sunscreen is applied very thickly, vitamin D production is reduced but not stopped. Shutterstock

Six things you need to know about your vitamin D levels

Vitamin D has emerged as “the vitamin of the decade”, with a long and growing list of maladies supposedly caused through its absence or prevented through its bountiful supply. But is there adequate evidence…
There are sensible ways to sunbathe that allow for protection against skin cancer as well as helping you get enough vitamin D. There are sensible ways to sunbathe that allow for protection against skin cancer as well as helping you get enough vitamin D. Phil Hatchard

There’s a very simple solution to your lack of vitamin D

Despite living in a famously sunny country, we’ve been getting reports of widespread vitamin D deficiency for some time now. The solution to this problem is simply the judicious use of a plentiful, if…
There’s conflicting evidence about both the efficacy and the safety of taking calcium supplements. There’s conflicting evidence about both the efficacy and the safety of taking calcium supplements. it thatswitch/Flickr

Calcium confusion: scientists divided over supplements

A clash between supporters and detractors of calcium supplements for better bone health is leading to conflicting headlines, leaving the public unsure about whom to believe. Osteoporosis is estimated to…
Most Australians get more than 90% of their vitamin D through sun exposure of the skin. Most Australians get more than 90% of their vitamin D through sun exposure of the skin. Tricia Wang

Vitamin D target level surrounded by uncertainty

A new joint position statement on target levels for vitamin D, published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) by the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society and Osteoporosis Australia…
We can’t really measure vitamin D levels well, so adding it to food may be premature. We can’t really measure vitamin D levels well, so adding it to food may be premature. Perfecto Insecto/Flickr

To D or not to D: adding vitamin D to food is no panacea

Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones – low levels result in deformed limbs in children (rickets) and weakness and bone pain in adults. So there’s no question that we should all strive to maintain normal…

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