The sunburnt country faces a vitamin D problem
As the days get colder and darker, it becomes harder to keep your vitamin D levels up. Despite Australia being known for its hot sun and sunny beaches more and more Aussies are being diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency each year. According to Osteoporosis Australia, over 30% of Australians have a vitamin D deficiency – and, if left untreated, can lead to more serious health problems, such as rickets and osteoporosis.
There’s a lot of confusing information on the Internet about how much sun we should be getting, and more people are opting to stay indoors in order to avoid sun exposure in fear of getting skin cancer.
Nic was joined by Professor Rebecca Mason, head of physiology and deputy director of the Bosch Institute at the University of Sydney, to find out how much sunshine is enough sunshine and tips on boosting vitamin D during the cold Winter months.