D is for diet and limited doses of sun

Hi there

This was in the Sydney Morning Herald this weekend and patients may ask you about it.

regards

Ian

Vitamin D deficiencies are harmful but, as Nicole Hasham explains, debate rages over its intake.

Susan Torres wasn’t just aware of the risk – it was her life’s work. But even as the nutrition lecturer sat through countless conferences warning of the dangers of vitamin D deficiency, it never dawned that she was the perfect case study.

She has the risk factors: sun-shy and office-bound. But it wasn’t until her naturopath suggested a blood test that the 41-year-old discovered her body was lacking in the vital hormone.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/d-is-for-diet-and-limited-doses-of-sun-20120622-20tc8.html#ixzz1ylCnzpyh

via D is for diet and limited doses of sun.

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  1. #1 by Cassie on June 25, 2012 - 3:47 am

    The Cancer Council has a useful fact sheet which outlines their recommendation in terms of what is considered an adequate period of exposure to sunlight. It can be accessed at:

    http://www.cancer.org.au/cancersmartlifestyle/sunsmart/vitaminD.htm

  2. #2 by Tony Dicker on June 25, 2012 - 10:41 am

    I just can’t recommend extra sunlight to any of my patients. It’s as bad as suggesting they use a solarium. (well, maybe it’s good for business!!!)

    I always advise that if they want higher numbers on their blood test then they should take a tablet. I usually take 1000-2000IU most days of the week in winter.

  3. #3 by Di Tron on July 6, 2012 - 6:06 am

    be informed
    read the journals !!

  4. #4 by Di Tron on July 6, 2012 - 6:07 am

    the proper ones

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