Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency occurs when people have low levels of vitamin D. Since the main source of vitamin D is sunlight, people who do not get enough sunlight exposure are at greatest risk of vitamin D deficiency. In severe deficiency, bone health can be affected.

Most people can get adequate vitamin D naturally from sunlight. However, people with deficiency may need to take vitamin D supplements.

Download our 'Vitamin D tests and deficiency' fact sheet to find out if you are at risk of deficiency, how to improve your vitamin D levels, and whether you need a vitamin D test.

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For health professionals (Tool / resource)
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