Some people are confused about whether they should
get more sun to make sure they get enough vitamin D. Vitamin D
is needed for strong and healthy bones.
receive enough vitamin D, through exposure to the sun’s UV
radiation, simply by going about their day-to-day
Only some people living in Australia & NZ
have low levels of vitamin D. They include:
- the elderly, especially those who do not go outdoors
very often. Older people also don’t produce vitamin D as
well as young people.
- babies of mothers who have low levels of vitamin D
- people with dark skin, who naturally have more melanin,
the pigment that reduces the amount of UV radiation getting
though the skin
- people who cover their skin and heads with clothing and
veils, for cultural or religious reasons, so less skin is
exposed to UV radiation.
These people generally
have little exposure to the sun, especially during winter if
they live in the southern half of Australia or NZ. This is
usually why they may not get enough vitamin D.
a diagnosed lack of vitamin D should discuss this with their
doctor, as they may need to take vitamin D supplements rather
than seek more exposure to the sun.Recommendations from Position Statement, Australia
Recommendations from Position Statement, New Zealand