Wednesday, July 28, 2021
ADVT 
Health & Fitness

Vitamin D Day kicks off Vitamin D Awareness Month

Darpan News Desk, 27 Oct, 2016 03:33 PM
  • Vitamin D Day kicks off Vitamin D Awareness Month
With Canadian Vitamin D levels dropping year after year, the Vitamin D Society is kicking off its 8th Annual Vitamin D Awareness Month with Vitamin D Day on Nov 2nd to help spread the message across the country.
 
The Vitamin D Society is using the month to bring vitamin D deficiency to light for Canadians who may not understand the affects that a lack of vitamin D can have on the human body.
 
“Vitamin D deficiency can lead to a higher risk of serious diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and others,” says Dr. Gerry Schwalfenberg, Scientific Advisor for the Vitamin D Society and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Alberta. “The month of November is crucial for Canadians because it is the start of our vitamin D winter. The low angle of the sun means that sunlight no longer produces vitamin D in our skin, therefore it’s important to examine your vitamin D levels to ensure your body isn’t at risk.”
 
Approximately 12 million Canadians do not meet vitamin D blood level requirements of 50 nmol/L set by Health Canada and the Institute of Medicine. This figure rises to 14 million —40 per cent of us — during winter months. The Vitamin D Society recommends that Canadians raise their mean level of vitamin D higher, to at least 100 nmol/L year-round to receive the full benefits of the sunshine vitamin. Vitamin D Day is a chance for Canadians to join the pledge to increase vitamin D levels.
 
“People wonder why so many Canadians are vitamin D deficient and it’s simple really. We mainly get vitamin D from non-burning sun exposure, but Canadians are now living indoor lifestyles more than ever, even in the summer,” says Perry Holman, Executive Director for the Vitamin D Society. “When we avoid the sun, our vitamin D levels are going to be much lower than they should be. With winter fast approaching, and Canadians spending more time indoors, it’s vital that everyone take action to ensure their vitamin D levels don’t drop until it’s nice enough to get back outside and enjoy the sun.”
 
For vitamin D intake during winter months, the Vitamin D Society recommends Canadians use artificial UVB sources or supplements. When spring returns, Canadians can go back to getting their vitamin D from non-burning exposure to the sun.
 
Canadians can get their vitamin D levels checked by their physicians, or online, through a simple 25(OH)D blood test to ensure they aren’t deficient. Make sure your score is between 100-150 nmol/L.
 
Watch a quick, informational video on Vitamin D at VitaminDDay.net. To help spread the Vitamin D Day message on November 2nd, please join our Thunderclap at: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/48945-vitamin-d-day?locale=en
 
Learn more about the Vitamin D Society at vitamindsociety.org.

MORE Health & Fitness ARTICLES

Stay Fit, Stay H‘app’y

Stay Fit, Stay H‘app’y

We’ve listed the top-recommended and trending apps & gadgets in the health and fitness industry that can help you keep a track on your exercising goals.

Stay Fit, Stay H‘app’y

A Night-time Stroll

A Night-time Stroll

Sleepwalking is a behavioural sleep disorder most often affecting children. As its name suggests, sleepwalking involves walking around or performing other actions while sleeping.

A Night-time Stroll

A Couple's Guide to Infertility

A Couple's Guide to Infertility

Not many are aware that infertility is a common issue among couples in Canada. According to Infertility Awareness Association of Canada (IAAC), one in six Canadian couples struggles to
conceive. This problem can range from being unable to conceive to having difficulties bearing children.

A Couple's Guide to Infertility

Aquacise To Get Fit This Summer

Aquacise To Get Fit This Summer

If you are looking to create a healthier lifestyle, but are not a fan of working out, aqua fitness may be for you. 

Aquacise To Get Fit This Summer

Your Recommended Daily Dose

Your Recommended Daily Dose
What you need to know about vitamins and their benefit to your body!

Your Recommended Daily Dose

Mind Your Food

Mind Your Food

Re-evaluating our responses to food

Mind Your Food