Vitamin D and health in adults in Australia and New Zealand

Bettina Douglas
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11635
Published online: 16 September 2013

To the Editor: Vitamin D currently receives considerable attention in the literature.1,2 A recent MJA Open supplement on nutrition and the vegetarian diet identified vitamin D as one of the few nutrients that may not be adequately supplied by a mainly plant-based lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet.3 Although the main source of vitamin D is from skin exposure to sunlight, this suggests particular challenges in treating people with vitamin D deficiency who adhere to a vegan or vegetarian diet. Oral vitamin D supplementation is recommended to treat moderate to severe deficiency and for people in high-risk groups.1

  • Bettina Douglas

  • Department of Nephrology, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.

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