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Is your job making you vitamin D deficient?

Scientists suggest creating vitamin D supplementation guidelines for various occupational groups. According to their study, some professions are more likely than others to cause vitamin D deficiency problems. Read on and find out how to boost your vitamin D levels.

People are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of getting adequate amounts of vitamin D from their diets and from sunlight. Now, a group of scientists have taken it one step further by questioning whether occupation should be taken into consideration when issuing guidelines for vitamin D supplementation. According to their review study of vitamin D status and occupation, shift workers, health care workers and indoors workers are at a particularly high risk of becoming vitamin D deficient.

 

Huge deficiency problems

The research was headed by Dr. Sebastian Straube from the University of Alberta in Canada and concluded that vitamin D levels in most occupational groups are lower than what is considered optimal for maintaining good health.

By systematically analysing 71 peer-reviewed articles including more than 53,000 individuals, Straube and his team found that vitamin D deficiency problems were most common among shift workers (80%), indoor workers (77%), and health care students (72%).

 

Better preventive efforts

The researchers also revealed that a high percentage of indoor workers (91%) had insufficient vitamin D levels, which meant that their levels of the nutrient were not critically low but lower than levels recommended for maintaining good health. The researchers believe that their findings could make it easier to promote a healthier lifestyle and target the right preventive efforts for at risk groups in the future.

You can see the study here

 

When supplements may help

The best way to increase your vitamin D levels is by exposing yourself to sunlight. In the summertime, this should normally not be a problem, although studies have shown that even in sunny countries like Italy, Portugal and Hungary, a majority of people have suboptimal vitamin D levels in their blood.
A convenient way to boost your vitamin D levels is to take supplements.

 

D-Pearls for good bioavailability

A product like BioActive D-Pearls from Pharma Nord contains soft vegetable gelatin vitamin D3 capsules. This formula has been shown in several studies to provide good absorption and bioavailability.


You can read more about D-Pearls here