In October last year, I was taken aback to find out that I was Vitamin D deficient. Taken aback, because I never considered that Vitamin D deficiency was something that I would ever have to worry about. Every health message I've ever received regarding sun exposure has been to cover up, that in Australia our day-to-day doings provide more than enough Vitamin D. So, I am pretty religious about the sunblock, and I always cover up in the sun.
For the months since then I've been taking a Vitamin D supplement of 3,000mg per day, and today I've found out that I don't need to take the supplements anymore as my readings are well within the normal range.
It's interesting. The post I did on this attracted more comments than normal, and speaking to people around the traps confirmed that Vitamin D deficiency is more common than I would have imagined. Then earlier this year Choice Magazine did a feature on Vitamin D.
I have to admit that I didn't put myself out there for a lot of extra sun exposure - after years of putting on a hat and covering up in the sun, I just don't feel right going out without a hat and long sleeves. Also, when I go outside it is generally for a long period to walk or to garden, and it's just more practical to get "suited up" before I go out. I will interested to see how my levels track over the next few months.