Office workers are most at risk of Vitamin D deficiency
The Mornington Peninsula enjoys a lot of sunshine in summer, but can be bitingly cold in winter. Despite the cold, it is more important than ever to ensure that you are getting outside and absorbing adequate amounts of vitamin D.
A recent study published in BMC Public Health found that over 90% of indoor office workers don’t get enough Vitamin D, with 77% having a vitamin D deficiency. Other at risk groups include shift workers and medical professionals.
Vitamin D is essential for bone health, and the study’s author, Dr Sebastian Straube says that workplace wellness programs should include education on the importance of the sun.
“This could help prevent adverse health outcomes linked to vitamin D deficiency, such as metabolic disorders, psychiatric and cardiovascular disorders, and cancer,” Dr Straube said.
In Australia, it is estimated that more than 30% of the population are deficient in vitamin D, and a lack of exposure to the sun during work hours could be to blame.