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    What are the most common vitamin and mineral deficiencies in Australia?

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  • Claire Kerslake

    Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE), Diabetes Educator

    Claire Kerslake is a Credentialed Diabetes Educator, Registered Nurse and Health Coach based in Deniliquin in country New South Wales. Claire is the founder of … View Profile

    A very common vitamin deficiency these days is vitamin D.  In one study up to 80% of participants were deficient in vitamin D.  Vitamin D has a role in cancer prevention, reducing the risk of falls and fractures in the elderly, lowers the risk of developing MS, lowers the risk of developing type 2 diabetes for those at risk and of course is important in bone health.

    It is unlikely that you will get adequate vitamin D from your diet and many people will need to take added vitamin D supplements.  The best thing is to discuss this with your doctor and to have a blood test to check your vitamin D levels.  There are some opinions that it is better to be in the upper third of the recommended range

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