The Aussie paradox – 58% of Aussies deficient in vitamin D

Australia’s largest vitamin D study to date, conducted on 24,000 Australians over two years has found a staggering 58 per cent of Australians deficient in vitamin D. This is much higher than previously thought.

Researchers think that the results could well be explained by the fact that nowadays we all seem to be protecting ourselves from the sun more and also we now work longer hours and spend more time indoors. Whatever the reason, it appears many Australians are missing out on vitamin D, which is not good because here’s what this sunshine vitamin can do for you:

Bone health: vitamin D is important for calcium absorption and therefore for healthy bones and teeth.

Healthy blood glucose levels: Adjunct Professor at the University of California Dr Cedric Garland, believes, if the worldwide vitamin D deficiency was corrected, “The first thing we’d see would be a reduction in the incidence of type-2 diabetes by 80 per cent.”

Blood pressure control: blood pressure improves when patients are exposed to UVB rays, since vitamin D relaxes the blood vessels and reduces blood pressure.

Back pain relief: Dr Soram Khalsa, author of The Vitamin D Revolution, recommends that any patient who experiences unexplained muscle, joint or bone pain should be checked for vitamin D deficiency. A 2003 study found that 83 per cent of patients with lower back pain of unknown cause had abnormally low levels of vitamin D. After supplementation 95 per cent reported improvement in their pain.

Brain health: low levels of vitamin D have been linked to an increased risk for anxiety and one doctor, John Cannell, has been developing a theory that links vitamin D deficiency to the rising incidence of developmental disorders in children.

Your doctor can check your vitamin D levels with a simple blood test.


This article originally appeared in the March 2013 edition of Go News published by Go Vita

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