Despite being known as the sunshine vitamin, studies show that up to 50 per cent of Australians do not have adequate levels of Vitamin D. Vitamin D promotes the body's absorption of calcium which is important for maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin D deficiency is known to be more prvalent in the elderly and can result in muscle weakness, a possible contributor to falls in this age group. Vitamin D supplementation may improve strength, function and balance.
- Vitamin D is essential for the efficient utilisation of calcium assisting the body to maintain healthy bones and teeth.
- Vitamin D supplementation may improve strength, function and balance - this may reduce the risk of falls and fractures in the elderly.
- Low serum vitamin D may contribute to bone and cartilage loss.