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Vitamin D: let the sun shine
Date: 2011-12-21
Author: Melinda Ham
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Is vitamin D deficiency really a problem in Australia, and what should be done about it? The message to protect against sun exposure in order to avoid skin cancer finally seems to be getting through to Australians, but it could be creating a new problem – vitamin D deficiency. A significant proportion of the Australian population – nearly one in four people – could have moderate vitamin D deficiency, according to new data from Sydney’s Westmead Hospital. But how can doctors strike a reasonable balance between advising people to protect themselves from the sun and making sure they have adequate vitamin D levels?

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