What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is one of many nutrients needed in our body to stay healthy. It is essential for the development and maintenance of bone health. You can get vitamin D from exposure to the sun, from your diet (certain foods) and from supplements. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, the vitamin D your body produces and consume in your diet is stored in fat tissue for later use.
How Much Vitamin D do I Need?2
Most Australian’s receive their Vitamin D from exposure to the sun. People with moderately fair skin need sun exposure of 6-7 minutes mid-morning or mid-afternoon on most days during the Australian summer to maintain adequate vitamin D levels. Up to 30 minutes exposure will be required during winter, depending on where you are located.
Groups At Risk3
Adult group at high risk of low levels of Vitamin D are as follows:
- Older and disabled people in low-level and high-level residential care
- People with darker skin
- People with medical conditions or medications affecting vitamin D metabolism