+AA
Fr

Are you getting enough vitamin D?

There are many health benefits associated with vitamin D. It can contribute to stronger bones, help fight off respiratory infections and regulate insulin levels. However, getting a healthy, daily dose of vitamin D can be challenging.

Commonly referred to as the ‘sunshine vitamin’, vitamin D is created in your skin in response to direct sunlight. During the summer months, it may be easier to get your daily dose if you are spending more time outside. However, it is dependent on factors such as time of day, cloud cover,  and the presence of smog in the air. In general, food is not a great source of vitamin D. However, small amounts can be found in some foods such as oily fish, and foods fortified with vitamin D including dairy products, breakfast cereal and orange juice. Many adults will turn to supplements to ensure they are getting enough each day.

If you are concerned you may not be getting a healthy, daily dose of vitamin D, consult with your doctor. To learn more about the health benefits associated with the ‘sunshine vitamin’, read through our resources below.


Get the latest content first. Sign up for free weekly email alerts.
Subscribe

DISCLAIMER: Many of our Blog Posts were written before the COVID-19 pandemic and thus do not necessarily reflect the latest public health recommendations. While the content of these blogs identify activities that support optimal aging, it is important to defer to the most current public health recommendations such as social distancing and frequent hand washing. Some of the activities suggested within these blogs may need to be modified or avoided altogether to comply with current social distancing recommendations. To view the latest updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada, please visit their website

Want the latest in aging research? Sign up for our email alerts.
Subscribe

Support for the Portal is largely provided by the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative. AGE-WELL is a contributing partner. Help us to continue to provide direct and easy access to evidence-based information on health and social conditions to help you stay healthy, active and engaged as you grow older. Donate Today.

© 2012 - 2020 McMaster University | 1280 Main Street West | Hamilton, Ontario L8S4L8 | +1 905-525-9140 | Terms Of Use