The sun shines

Diabetic Living - - Your Healthy Life -

Re­searchers from Deakin Univer­sity have found most Aus­tralians sim­ply need to head outdoors for a cou­ple of min­utes each day to keep their nat­u­ral vi­ta­min D lev­els within a nor­mal range. “For many peo­ple the fix for not get­ting enough sun­shine is a vi­ta­min D sup­ple­ment. While sup­ple­ments have a place, it’s for the mi­nor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion,” ex­plains Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor

Caryl Now­son, from Deakin’s In­sti­tute for Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity and Nutri­tion. “Sup­ple­ments are only use­ful for those where the risk of vi­ta­min D de­fi­ciency is high and low vi­ta­min D sta­tus has been iden­ti­fied with a blood test. It is prefer­able for the body to make nat­u­ral vi­ta­min D be­cause, un­like with sup­ple­ments, there is no pos­si­bil­ity of an over­dose.”

While it is im­por­tant to wear sun­screen dur­ing the day, espe­cially dur­ing the hot­ter months, it is just as vi­tal to get enough vi­ta­min D nat­u­rally (through the sun’s ul­tra­vi­o­let rays). Al­ways have a dis­cus­sion with your health­care team be­fore tak­ing any sup­ple­ments.

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