Journal article

Vitamin D and health in adults in Australia and New Zealand: a position statement

Caryl A Nowson, John J McGrath, Peter R Ebeling, Anjali Haikerwal, Robin M Daly, Kerrie M Sanders, Markus J Seibel, Rebecca S Mason

Medical Journal of Australia | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2012


The prevalence of vitamin D deficiency varies, with the groups at greatest risk including housebound, community-dwelling older and/or disabled people, those in residential care, dark-skinned people (particularly those modestly dressed), and other people who regularly avoid sun exposure or work indoors. Most adults are unlikely to obtain more than 5%-10% of their vitamin D requirement from dietary sources. The main source of vitamin D for people residing in Australia and New Zealand is exposure to sunlight. A serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD) level of ≥ 50 nmol/L at the end of winter (10-20 nmol/L higher at the end of summer, to allow for seasonal decrease) is required for optimal musculos..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Rebecca Mason has received remuneration from Key Pharmaceuticals, Servier and the Australian Mushroom Growers' Association, and funding from Nestle. Caryl Nowson has received remuneration from Meat & Livestock Australia. Peter Ebeling's department has received research funds from Sanofi-Aventis, and speaker fees from Merck and Sanofi-Aventis. Peter Ebeling and Kerrie Sander's department has also received research funding from Merck. These payments are unrelated to the submitted work.